Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Children Die in NYC's First Pediatric Flu Deaths of Season

Lucy Nicholson  Reuters Lucy Nicholson Reuters
Melissa Porter | 07 February, 2018, 00:41

The death of an 8-year-old girl in Queens on Monday has been deemed flu-related, authorities said. When she had trouble breathing, someone called 911.

Emergency medical personnel performed CPR on the girl and rushed her to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst - Queens, where she was pronounced dead, according to the NYPD.

An eight-year-old Corona girl died on February 5, one day after she was diagnosed with the flu at East Elmhurst Hospital.

Doctor visits for flu-like symptoms hit their highest level nationwide since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

NY is experiencing its worst flu season in 10 years and saw a 50 percent increase in confirmed flu cases and a 21 percent jump in hospitalizations over the past week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week. Baez's death was the second pediatric death of the 2018 flu season, officials said.

Exacerbating the problem, the flu vaccine developed for this year is effective in just 10 percent to 20 percent of the cases recorded.

Torrey Jewett looks on as her roommate Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido Calif
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"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Cuomo said.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot", Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said.

Health officials say there has been another flu death, but would not reveal the age or where the child lived. In a press conference, NY officials said they did not yet have information on adult flu-related deaths.

The podcast also informed the public of some of the best methods to prevent the flu virus.

Getting the flu shot reduces the odds you'll get the flu, and typically makes the symptoms milder if you come down with it anyway.