Mississippi confirms 1st pediatric death of the flu season

Mississippi reports first pediatric death of the flu season
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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed on Wednesday the first pediatric death from influenza for the flu season of 2014-2015.

The case involved a resident of Central Mississippi.

Pediatric deaths, or the death of anyone under the age of 18, first became reportable in the flu season of 2007-2008. Since that time, and including this most recent pediatric death, there have been 14 pediatric flu deaths in the state.

“This is another reminder that influenza infections can lead to serious complications and in some cases, death,” MSDH State Epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs said. “Peak flu season in Mississippi typically runs from January through March. We know the virus is still very active and is still causing infections throughout the state.

“At this point in the season, it’s extremely important to stay home when you’re sick so you don’t infect others,” Dobbs said. “Also be sure to practice good hygiene such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and washing your hands frequently. All persons 6 months of age and older should receive flu vaccinations and it is still recommended as long as flu transmission is ongoing.”

Influenza symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, runny or stuffy nose, and extreme fatigue.

Health professionals maintain that receiving the annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent contracting influenza and its accompanying health complications.

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