US Supports for Severe Flu Seasons as Death Cases Emerged in Iowa and Texas

US Supports for Severe Flu Seasons as Death Cases Emerged in Iowa and Texas

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As flu season is on peak across the US, two deaths have been reported in Iowa. Even more, Texas has confirmed its first pediatric flu patient in 2019, a young, unimmunized child. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the victim is a five-year-old unidentified child who belongs to the Rio Grande area. The news arrives after Connecticut health officials confirmed two flu-related deaths in the previous week. At the time, two adults above the age of 65 had died due to the flu.

On the other hand, the latest case in Texas is concerning officials as it was an unimmunized patient. Thus, officials are mainly pressing that parents require to take young children, who are more vulnerable to severe and even fatal complications, to get the flu vaccine. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, a medical director of the Iowa health department, said the flu virus does not have the potential to cause serious illness and death. He noted, that might not be the case particularly in the very young, very old, or those who have essential health conditions. Dr. Caitlin noted that it is a good time to get immunized for securing yourself and your loved ones from becoming sick before flu activity surges ahead.

Meanwhile, flu is an unpredictable disease that has the potential to sweep the world every year. Last year, by this time, the flu season had killed four children. Whereas as in the current year, as of now, the flu season has taken the lives of three people. Before this, children’s immune system has not recognized or killed the flu virus. Even more, kids are slow to recognize the virus and respond to it by triggering antibodies. It means the virus has more chances to invade various tissues and cause havoc. Apart from this, kids are more vulnerable to catching the flu in the first place as there remains a lack of hygiene practices in kids. Notably, children under six months should not be immunized against the flu. But everyone above six months of age should get a flu vaccine, as it is the best defense available against the virus.