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Public Health reports first pediatric flu death of the 2022-2023 flu season – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

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Public Health has learned that a child in King County has died of complications from the flu. The elementary school child passed away on November 13, 2022. This is the first reported childhood flu death in King County and Washington state this season. This is also the first childhood flu death in King County since the 2019-2020 season. Since October, there has been an early and rapid increase in influenza activity in the region compared to previous seasons.

The death comes on top of a sharp and unprecedented increase in sickness and hospitalizations among children in King County and nationally due to infections caused by multiple respiratory viruses. , reported overcapacity due to high levels of pediatric respiratory viruses circulating. These trends are likely to continue in the coming weeks.

It is a tragedy to lose a child to illness. Our condolences to this child’s family and loved ones. “Flu affects people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women, and people over 65 years of age, as well as young children. Flu activity is usually high for several months. will continue, so now is a good time for children and adults to get their annual flu vaccine if they haven’t already. We are sick.”

How to prevent disease and protect the most vulnerable

  • Get your flu shot and the latest COVID-19 booster now. There is no vaccine against RSV. However, getting vaccinated against other respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19 and influenza, can help keep you safe and protect a vulnerable health system. It is safe for individuals to receive both influenza and COVID vaccines at the same time if scheduled.

    Influenza vaccination: Everyone over the age of 6 months should get an annual flu shotInfluenza vaccination clinic. information in spanish.

    COVID Booster: Anyone aged 5 and over who had a COVID-19 vaccination (booster or primary series) at least two months ago is eligible and must obtain a renewed booster. So even if he got a COVID-19 booster before, he should get this latest booster.

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wear a good quality, well-fitting mask in indoor public spaces.
  • If you are sick, stay home even if you test negative for COVID-19. This is especially important if you are around young childrenthe elderly, pregnant women, and those with underlying diseases.

Recommended for families with small children and pregnant women

Pregnant people should be vaccinated: Pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness and pregnancy complications from both influenza and COVID-19. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, we highly recommend that any pregnant woman get her flu shot now and get her latest COVID-19 booster. This is important to protect both the pregnant person and the baby, as antibodies pass from parent to baby.

Limit contact with infants and vaccinate immediate family members: Given the high levels of respiratory virus circulating, consider limiting the number of people an infant comes in contact with to prevent illness. People should keep away from newborns and infants. Make sure everyone in your household who can be vaccinated against the flu and her COVID-19 is up to date on these vaccines. This helps protect infants who cannot be vaccinated.

public health response

Public Health – Seattle and King County are working with communities to reduce new infections and support healthcare systems to manage and mitigate the impact of this surge in infections.

Schools, child care centers and the wider community receive information from Public Health to encourage immunization and preventive measures.

Public Health is also issuing health advisories to King County health care providers, encouraging them to take steps to reduce the burden on overwhelmed hospitals.

  • Share and distribute preventive messages to patients
  • Extended telemedicine services, telephone triage, and encouragement of office hours where possible
  • Encourage healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations to up-to-date patients
  • Drugs given as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms, if appropriate to relieve serious illness
  • Promote ongoing universal masking in all healthcare facilities

First Posted: November 23, 2022

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