First child under age of 5 dies from flu in North Carolina

Sick student with his head down on his desk

By Dan Hounsell Emergency Preparedness

The individual, who was tested voluntarily, agreed to remain home in accordance with U.S. CDC guidelines, and has fully cooperated with state health officials, Long said in a statement.

A total of 78 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported nationwide during the 2019-20 influenza season.

Cases of the flu across SC are spiking again after a drop in January, according to state public health officials.

Flu season peaks in Feburary, but it can last until May, according to the CDC, so there's still time to get a flu shot.

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And according the reports on Friday, a second wave of flu is hitting the US, turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. The malady also jumped from the Chinese mainland with cases reported in 24 other countries, including 12 infections in the United States.

"At this point all I know, and at least what I think it is, is just kind of an on steroids version of the flu", said Ben of Eau Claire.

The viruses behind both waves can be hard on children and young adults.

Fifty percent of NCCU students said they will not receive the flu vaccine, while thirty percent said they had already received or are planning on receiving the vaccine according to data collected by a Campus Echo reporter.

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NCCU senior mass communication major and medical technician Danielle Patterson said she receives the flu vaccine annually along with her 14-year-old daughter.

"That is the No. 1 prevention tip", said Gerrard.

Officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated.

Gerrard also said it is important to wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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Even though it's only recently been in the news, Dr. Joseph Williams at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire says Coronavirus is not new. "The truth is in the future that certainly can change, but right now the biggest threat for us is still influenza virus", he said.

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