Influenza numbers in Kane County on the rise

The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6. The very young, older people and those with underlying health conditions are especially susceptible to the flu.

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw past year at this time.

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Wischmeier suspects early holiday gatherings of people may have been one factor in the spread of the flu. "Our hearts go out the family", says Jon Woltmann, MD, infectious disease department at Dayton Children's Hospital.

ODH also is reporting more than 1,700 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December.

In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.

"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.

Medical professionals still insist that people look to reduce their risk of contracting the flu this season. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue.

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Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot. He believes that the best thing that people can do to prevent the flu is get vaccinated.

Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians' offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, and through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program. "Get out there and get your flu shot".

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county. Antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.

This season started early with a mix of influenza A and B strains, with influenza B more prevalent now.

  • Aubrey Nash