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First Flu Death in Kane, 3-Year-Old Girl

A 3-year-old girl in Kane County passed away due to the flu. This is the first death of the season health officers stated Wednesday. The CDC is now reporting a widespread presence of the flu virus in 24 states. At the very least 13 children have died on account of the flu up to now, although solely one in Illinois. The Kane County Health Department and Kane County Coroner confirmed Wednesday that dying happened in Aurora. The sufferer was a 3-year-old girl who died December 21 at Rush-Copley Medical Heart.

She’s the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year. The first was 5-year-old Mia Lobo from Carpentersville. “Earlier than that, we hadn’t had one in some years. It’s uncommon and unhappy when it occurs,” mentioned Kane County Health Department Public Information Officer Tom Schlueter.

Schlueter mentioned he didn’t know whether or not the 3-year-old had gotten a flu shot, however, pointed to the CDC’s pointers on the difficulty. “Youthful youngsters haven’t had the chance for his or her immune system to construct up the resistance to most diseases. That is one of the many points that we attempt to push. Everyone over the age of six months ought to get a flu vaccination,” he mentioned.

Medical specialists admit the flu shot will not be excellent. Some folks should still get sick, however, are unlikely to endure issues that result in hospitalization or death. The shots take approximately two weeks to make the full impact and will ideally be given as quickly because it’s out there within the fall.

Whereas the CDC says everybody over 6 months outdated ought to get the vaccine, they stress that it’s youngsters below 5, pregnant ladies, seniors, and people will compromise free programs which, if not vaccinated, are most vulnerable to contracting the illness and ending up with severe well-being issues in consequence.

Through the 2017-2018 flu season, roughly 80% of kids who died because of the flu had not been vaccinated. To assist everybody gets vaccinated, Walmart can be giving low-cost flu shots at all their Chicago area stores Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.