Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

NYC officials: Stay home if you have the flu

The 8-year-old Queens girl died at Elmhurst Hospital at 6:38 a.m The 8-year-old Queens girl died at Elmhurst Hospital at 6:38 a.m
Johnnie Parks | 07 February, 2018, 03:08

Two New York City children died from the flu Monday in what health officials said were the first confirmed pediatric fatalities linked to the virus this season in the five boroughs.

Her frantic father performed CPR. She was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where she was diagnosed with influenza.

A year ago there were six pediatric influenza-associated deaths in New York City, with 106 pediatric influenza-associated deaths nationwide.

New York City is on course to have its worst flu epidemic in generations, according to statistics released by the health department on Tuesday.

According to DOH, 6.5 percent of weekly emergency room and outpatient clinic visits have been related to flu-like symptoms, the highest percentage in four years.

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

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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.

"More people are dying from the flu and its complications in the city every year than die from homicides, vehicle crashes and opioids combined, he said at an afternoon news conference here at the Department of Health headquarters".

DOH Commissioner Mary Bassett advised residents to get vaccinated, noting that it is not too late in the season to get the flu shot.

"If you try to take a sick day and your boss doesn't let you, you file a complaint with us", Commissioner Salas said. In a press conference, NY officials said they did not yet have information on adult flu-related deaths.

Bassett refused to say whether the two kids who have died were vaccinated, but said the large majority of children who die of flu are typically unvaccinated.

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