One adult and one infant died in California due to the flu. Flu season just started, and while California health officials warn that the peak will be reached from December until April 2016, they urge residents to get their flu shots.
The more people get their flu shots and in time, the better the chances are that such events as infant death due to the flu are prevented. Influenza is a rapidly spreading virus. Those who choose not to be vaccinated stand at a high risk of infection. In addition, they put the health of others in danger.
The first victim in California this year was reported in Santa Clara County. The second, only an infant, was reported in Stanislau County. Infants are defenseless in the face of a potential flu widespread. With a just forming immune system and under the age of six months, they may only be protected if everyone acts in this sense and gets vaccinated against the flu.
Pediatricians nationwide may only vaccinate newborns against the flu after they are six months old. Expecting mothers are advised to get the flu vaccine while they are pregnant. This way, both the infant and the mother are better protected against the influenza viruses.
The California Department of Public Health is urging all state residents to get their flu shots. The flu season has just begun and two casualties are already confirmed. Prevention is better than treatment. With the different strains expected to reach their peak between December and April, state public health officials hope that everyone receives their flu vaccine in time.
Containing the influenza strains and preventing hospitalization, lengthy treatment, harsh symptoms and even death is a collective effort.
Each year, millions of American citizens are infected with the different influenza strains. As the symptoms start to manifest, many require hospitalization. Of these, thousands of patients coming in with the flu die each year nationwide.
In California, last year’s flu season saw 78 confirmed cases of flu-related deaths for California residents under the age of 65.
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