Infant in Halifax County Dies From Flu Complications

Infant in Halifax County Dies From Flu Complications

This has been the worst flu season in Mesa County in the past 5 years, according to the Mesa County Health Department.

Sixteen more North Carolinians have died from the flu between February 19 and February 25.

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"We have seen the same trend here in Ross County, with a total of 31 influenza-associated hospitalizations, 14 of those cases in just the past week", said Michelle Long, infectious disease nurse with the Ross County Health District. During the following season (2013-2014), when H1N1 viruses dominated and the standard-dose vaccine had better effectiveness than the previous season, the high-dose vaccine was not significantly better at preventing deaths among the Medicare patients studied.

As of Wednesday, there have been 125 hospitalizations due to flu.

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But Chief Medical officer Paddy Phillips says the spike does not necessarily mean this year's flu season will be a cause for concern. Deaths from flu-related conditions are at high levels, and the CDC reported that hospitalizations for children under 4 and adults over 65 are up.

Kathy Wakefield, director of nursing for the Ross County Health District, stresses that parents need to be smart about keeping children showing signs of flu-like illness home from school rather than run the risk of spreading it to other kids.

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In a sign that the flu season is possibly slowing in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently reported a slight decrease in influenza activity, though the virus is still widespread in most of the country and the elderly have been hard hit this season. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.

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