Michigan Records First Pediatric Death of Flu Season, US Death Toll Reaches 93

Michigan Records First Pediatric Death of Flu Season | Credits: Shutterstock
Michigan Records First Pediatric Death of Flu Season | Credits: Shutterstock

United States: The first-ever influenza-linked pediatric death of the ongoing season has been reported in Michigan. According to the update shared by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the child succumbed to Influenza A, which is also known as H1N1, on Friday.

The other details regarding the child have not been released by the local health department.

The recent death of the child has taken the death toll of the flu-related pediatric deaths up to 93 during the ongoing season.

The concern was addressed by the chief medical executive of the state – Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, who stated, “These are tragedies that no family should ever have to endure.”

Winters – the season of flu upsurge!

While addressing the latest surge in the number of flu cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned that generally flu virus spread year-round but the peak season of flu is fall and winter. As per the health authorities, in the United States, the virus activity is at a peak between October and February, amid which the most number of cases are reported during December and February.

However, a significant number of flu activity can be reported in late May. In addition to this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned that this year, the flu season was at its peak during the month of March. After witnessing the same, the health authorities have asked the general public to receive the latest flu shot as it is never too late.

According to a release by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the vaccine against the infection must be received during the initial years of the birth. Along with this, pregnant women are also asked to get vaccinated against the infection so that they can protect themselves and their babies.

Statement by experts!

The death of the child was addressed by Dr Bagdasarian, who mentioned that the “state health department continues to strongly recommend that everyone six months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine,” as per Detroit Free Press.

Visual Representation for Influenza A

In addition to this, she continued, “It’s the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick and reduces illness severity if someone does get the flu.”

When emphasizing the vaccination rate of Michigan, the health authorities mentioned that around 25.1 percent of the residents have received their vaccination against flu during the ongoing season. In addition to this, 19.2 percent children has taken jab against the infection – it is to be noted that the vaccination rate of the ongoing season is slightly less than previous year, i.e. 2022-23.

The Department of Health has further outlined that the cases linked to influenza has been still contributing towards the emergency room visits and hospitalization, across the state. While comparing the stats of COVID-19, RSV and Flu, the department mentioned that the maximum number of hospital visits are due to flu as compared to COVID-19 and RSV in Michigan.

Along with this, the health department has mentioned that across Michigan, the threat related to Influenza is high as the infection is severe and can also lead to death in some cases.

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