Michigan's first child flu death this season confirmed

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The Casper Star-Tribune reports 18 of the 27 flu-related deaths in Wyoming last season were people over 65, though one child was among those who died.

Oneida County reported six lab-confirmed flu cases for the week ending December 15, bringing the season total to 31.

The flu vaccine is still available and recommended as the best way to prevent the flu.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season.

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2017 was estimated to be the deadliest flu season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

It's not now clear where in the state the child was from or if he or she had received the flu vaccine. "I'd love to see us get the vaccine rate over 75 percent", he added.

Fifty-six percent of those who did not receive a shot cited what the survey called "a common misperception" about the vaccine to explain why they hadn't done so.

Additional information on influenza-associated pediatric deaths including basic demographics, underlying conditions, bacterial co-infections, and place of death for the current and past seasons, is available on FluView Interactive.

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The state health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, triggering a five-year-old law requiring that health workers not vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks while around patients. If you don't have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. The vaccine is particularly effective against this strain.

If you do get the flu, stay home, Redfield advised.

Last year's flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe.

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