She says a six year old youth succumbed to the flu last night.
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“My thoughts and condolences are with the family at this difficult time, and I hope that they may find peace,” said Burstein.
“Influenza is a serious respiratory illness, and sadly can have devastating consequences,”she adds.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, which can cause mild to severe illness; certain populations are at a high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent this illness is by getting a flu vaccination. It is especially important for some people to get vaccinated, including:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu, including: people who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, morbid obesity, and chronic lung disease; pregnant or post-partum women or women who are breast feeding; and people 65 years and older
- People who are immunosuppressed
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications
- Health care providers
- Young children, especially those under 2 years of age.
Burstein continued, “I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a flu vaccination. I urge everyone who has not done so to get a flu shot. Vaccinations are quick and are available at numerous locations. This is an effective way to stop the spread of influenza, and this unfortunate incident serves as a reminder that vaccinations are important.”
Signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with the flu will have a fever); cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; muscle or body aches; headaches; fatigue; some people may experience vomiting or diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.