JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Mississippi sees its first pediatric flu death of the 2017-2018 flu season, reports the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
The death occurred in south Mississippi.
MSDH defines pediatric deaths as deaths of people under the age of 18.
Across the nation, there have been 30 pediatric flu deaths reported this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This has been an extremely active flu season, said Dr. Paul Byers. “And we know that, unfortunately, flu can lead to serious complications and sometimes death, even for healthy children and young adults.”
Byers says the flu shot is still the best protection against flu-related complications. Even though it may not prevent infection, he says it can drastically reduce the severity and length of illness and prevent serious complications such as hospitalization and even death.
Other prevention methods include staying home when you’re sick or keeping children home from school when they are sick. Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze is another good practice, as well as healthy handwashing.
Flu shots are recommended for all those six months and older.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and runny or stuffy nose.
- MSDH reports first pediatric flu death of 2017-2018 season
- Second pediatric flu death confirmed this season
- Mississippi records third pediatric flu death of 2017-18 season
- County health clinics now have pediatric flu vaccine
- MSDH says patient information accidentally shared
- MSDH: Naloxone now available from Mississippi pharmacists
- NMMC moving its pediatrics unit
- UPDATE: MSDH lifts boil water alert for Hamilton Water District
- MSDH: New case of West Nile in north Mississippi