Flu has caused 4 deaths, sent 300 to hospitals — Georgia health officials

Flu has caused 4 deaths, sent 300 to hospitals — Georgia health officials

Faculty and parents of students at the Golden Hill Elementary School were notified this week about the girl's death.

Health officials confirmed that a Haverhill girl's death is the first "influenza-associated" pediatric death in MA this year.

The Essex district attorney's office, meanwhile, could not confirm the flu-related death Tuesday, but did say that investigators believe a 6-year-old Haverhill girl, Delilah Lovelace, died on Monday from a "medical issue".

The state, citing federal data, said there have been 63 reported flu-related child deaths across the country during this flu season.

As a precaution, Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution.

"Every flu season can be different, but every flu season is bad", Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH said.

So far, there have been more than 8,000 confirmed flu cases in the state this season. "This one arrived early and continues to spread", DPH said in a statement.

Talk to their healthcare provider (call first) if they think they have the flu, especially if they have health concerns that make them more likely to develop severe illness when sick with the flu. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

DPH continues to urge people who have not received a flu shot to get vaccinated.

H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.

Adults, according to state officials, can spread the flu one day before symptoms appear to about one week after symptoms are gone. Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

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