Ohio reports first pediatric flu death of season

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health says a 3-year-old boy from Highland County is the first pediatric flu death of the 2018-2019 flu season.

The Highland County Health Department is investigating the death.

The state is urging people to get the flu vaccine if they have not already. Flu season typically begins in October and can last until May. Hospitalizations typically peak between December and February.

“It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Getting the flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu for everyone 6 months and older,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others.”

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu vaccination is available at most healthcare providers’ offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies. There are no flu vaccine shortages across Ohio at this time.

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