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.