Flu may have caused another child death

November 22, 2010 9:58:20 AM PST
A second child may have died from the flu in Nassau County. The Nassau County Department of Health has been informed by the Nassau County Medical Examiner that the presumptive cause of death in a 9-year-old Woodmere student was influenza A.

Laboratory results are expected later this week.

The first death due to the flu was confirmed in February in a 10-year old Levittown student.

The Nassau County Department of Health recommends that individuals should get a flu vaccination, if they have not had one this season.

Flu is widespread in New York State and individuals can still protect themselves by getting vaccinated. People who think they have symptoms of the flu should consult their health care providers. Medications are available to treat the flu.

Symptoms of flu include fever, headache, muscle aches, weakness, runny nose, sore throat and cough with occasional nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in children. The cough is often severe and prolonged. Most people recover in two to seven days.

The Nassau County Department of Health will be providing influenza vaccine for unimmunized children and adults at a site, date and time to be announced later this week after the department receives an emergency supply of vaccine.

Nationally, to date in the 2008/2009 flu season, 17 deaths in children have been related to influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For additional information about the flu, call the Nassau County Department of Health Disease Control Division at (516) 227 - 9700.


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