Fourteen thousand new flu circumstances have been reported final week, bringing the entire for the season to greater than 74,000. And pediatric deaths are on the rise.
Ten-year-old Charlie Herndon’s insticts could have saved her life.
“I could not actually breathe, so I simply screamed all through the entire home, ‘any person name 911,'” Charlie stated.
Her mom, Kristina Valenzia, rushed her to the emergency room and Charlie was quickly transferred to ProMedica Toledo Youngsters’s Hospital.
Charlie Herndon is affected by this season’s nasty flu.
“She had a fever of 103,” Valenzia stated. “They took the influenza take a look at, and it got here again optimistic.”
The Facilities for Illness Management studies 30 youngsters have died from influenza since October, and the variety of states hit with excessive flu-like sickness is now as much as 32.
“The dominant flu virus out there may be one we name H3N2 – it is a extra extreme virus,” stated Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt College Medical Middle.
Schaffner stated this yr’s flu vaccine is about 20 to 30 % efficient.
With the flu vaccine, “even in case you’ve gotten the flu, regardless of having the vaccine, you are prone to have a much less extreme case. You are much less prone to have issues like pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying,” Schaffner stated.
This season’s H3N2 flu virus is spreading.
This epidemic means excessive measures throughout the nation. A number of California hospitals constructed tents outdoors to cater to affected person overflow.
Some church buildings are telling parishioners to skip holding arms throughout prayer to keep away from germs – and all faculties in Bonham, Texas closed for per week, after flu circumstances there soared.
Charlie additionally battled pneumonia, however after three weeks of remedy, she’s now residence and wholesome.
If you have not gotten a flu shot but, the CDC recommends you get one instantly in order that it could actually solely assist — and keep in mind, flu season peaks in February.