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MDHHS reports first pediatric flu death of season; Urges individuals to get vaccinated

From the MDHHS

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this week that the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2015-2016 flu season has been reported in Michigan. This is an unfortunate reminder of how serious influenza can be, and MDHHS is reminding residents that it is not too late to get vaccinated for flu this season.

The reported death was a school-aged child from the Southeast region of Michigan. Although this flu season has been relatively mild in Michigan so far, flu viruses are circulating in the community and can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and death. MDHHS strongly recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

Nearly three quarters of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been the 2009 H1N1 virus. This virus can cause severe flu infections in children and in young- and middle-aged adults. The 2015-2016 flu vaccines are a very good match to the flu viruses that are circulating nationally. Flu vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness.

Although flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older, vaccine is especially important for persons at increased risk for complications from flu, including children, adults aged 65 years and older, persons of any age with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women. Children less than 6 months of age are too young to be vaccinated and need to be protected by vaccination of their close contacts, including parents, siblings, grandparents, child care workers, and healthcare personnel.

We need to do everything we can to prevent pediatric deaths from influenza, and flu is a vaccine-preventable disease,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive for the MDHHS. “Vaccine is the best way to protect against getting the flu, and there is still time to get vaccinated this flu season.”

In the 2014-2015 flu season, only 44 percent of Michigan residents were vaccinated against flu, putting Michigan in 40th place in the country. MDHHS urges residents to make sure they protect themselves and their families against getting flu this season.

There is still plenty of flu vaccine available. To find flu vaccine near you, call your healthcare provider, local health department, or check the Health Map Vaccine Finder at http://flushot.healthmap.org. For more information about the flu, visit www.michigan.gov/flu.

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One Response to “MDHHS reports first pediatric flu death of season; Urges individuals to get vaccinated”

  1. Redpill1 says:

    “The reported death was a school-aged child from the Southeast region of Michigan.”

    I must have missed something. Where are the specifics? Did the child who died have “lab confirmed” Influenza? If so, what strain? Did the child get a flu shot? Was a PCR test done to not only determine if the child had an Influenza virus but it can determine if enough of the virus was in the child’s system to cause illness or death? Was the child in close proximity to others who had a Flu Shot in the last 28 days because according to the Flu shot vaccine vial package inserts the virus in the vaccine sheds for up to 28 days. Also, if the child has been in close proximity to a person that had the Flu Mist which is influenza?

    Studies have shown that the Flu Shot are ineffective:
    -The Cochrane Collaboration: one of a few remaining research organizations that perform Gold Standard research states there is no value in the Flu shot. Their recent study states concludes 100 people in your immediate circle would have to be vaccinated to prevent 1 person from being infected. That’s if the viral strains in the shot are the right ones. Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults: http://onlinelibrary(dot)wiley(dot)com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub5/abstract.

    Also studies have shown the Flu shot to be ineffective in Seniors and Children:
    Americans refusing ineffective flu vaccine this year:2015-2016 Flu Shot Reporting as only 18% Effective in Adults, 15% in Children: http://www.sott(dot)net/article/308349-Americans-refusing-ineffective-flu-vaccine-this-year.
    – Flu shot is ineffective in children and seniors: Flu Shots Rarely Work for People Over Age 65: http://www.thevaccinereaction(dot)org/2015/12/flu-shots-rarely-work-for-people-over-age-65 and http://www.thevaccinereaction(dot)org/2015/11/nih-research-flu-shots-not-effective-in-elderly/. Multiple references.
    – Flu vaccine even less effective than previously believed: http://www.mcall(dot)com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-flu-vaccine-ineffective-20150301-story.html.

    Without asking the HARD questions you are misleading the readers of this article. It is irresponsible to report a child’s death, which tugs on the emotions of everyone was due to the chuld not being vaccinated with the flu shot (implied) without even inquiring if the child actually had influenza, the strain and if a PCR test was done to determine if it is a vaccine strain or an endemic one. Shame on you!

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