Two child flu deaths reported in Kentucky

Kentucky's Department of Public Health has reported the state's first pediatric flu deaths of the 2017-18 flu season.

“Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children,” said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age,” continued Dr. Howard. To protect the family’s privacy, the children’s hometown, county and gender are not being released.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families. These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike. We strongly encourage people to protect themselves, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu. Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others.”

Infection with the flu can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and body aches.

People with flu symptoms should seek medical advice.

Here are some tips from the CDS to stop the spread of germs:

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. 

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 12, 2017)


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