Higher Peninsula baby dies from flu; first baby in Michigan

Torrey Jewett looks on as her roommate Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido Calif

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2017-2018 flu season.

The MDHHS released no further information on the child involved or where exactly he or she was from in the Upper Peninsula.

Among the reported deaths, seniors 65 and older have been the most vulnerable this season, with 77 fatalities in that age group.

So, what do we know about the flu? "In this instance, it happened to a child in the U.P., but we see (deaths) every year", said Dr. Terry Frankovich, medical director at Public Health Delta Menominee Counties, who called the death "a tragedy".

According to the CDC's latest report, influenza is now considered to be widespread in 48, although OR and Hawaii saw lower activity levels for during the last full week in January.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that all Americans who are older than six months old get the flu vaccine each season.

Masterson's death is one of more than 53 children to have died from the flu this season, which has been labeled the worst flu season since the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic.

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The flu can be a serious condition for anybody: patients and family members of all ages, from the very young to the very old.

For those of us who get the flu vaccine but still end up getting sick, there is no need to worry about the flu shot making us sick.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

"When mom is really anxious, that should not be trivialized - the pediatrician should look at that child closely", Schaffner said.

She also noted adult death due to influenza is not reported to the agency because it's not always diagnosed with a lab test and other issues can contribute to death.

It's also not too late to get one this season. The state Health Department's county offices also offer the shots at no charge to the uninsured. It will be hard to carry out your normal daily routine with the flu, and the fever will often last between three to five days, with tiredness and fatigue lasting up to two to three weeks.

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