Ballad Health: 2 more flu deaths in last week


The first local flu-related death of a child has been confirmed by Harris County Public Health officials.

"The nasal flu vaccine is a great tool to have in that toolbox of different options people can get for the shots", Nordlund said.

Other major health complications caused by the flu include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, and signs of medical conditions getting worse, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart failure. "We really do believe in acceptance of the vaccine, the flu vaccine". Nationwide, at least 63 children have died from flu-related illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The Houston Health Department says a boy between the ages of 6 and 10 is the city's first flu-associated pediatric death of the season.

"Flu season is as much a part of winter in ME as skiing or snowmobiling", King said.

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Vaccinating women during pregnancy can transfer some immunity to newborns and help protect them during these vulnerable early months of life, previous research has shown.

Shah recommends anyone showing signs of the flu to see a physician to get tested and get treatment.

Flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be co-circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season.

"Pregnant women and their health care providers often need reassurance that the vaccines are safe, not just in the short term, but in the longer term", Wiley added. Influenza vaccines is on the agenda.