In a tragic story that has headlines throughout the country: a fourth-grade girl from Ohio died only a day after being diagnosed with acute pharyngitis and flu.
According to a report from Mason City Schools on Facebook, Sable Gibson was diagnosed on Tuesday morning, went into a heartbreak on Tuesday afternoon and died Wednesday night.
Also this week came information about a New Jersey kid who died of flu earlier this month.
Although this year the flu season was more than last year, today, 41 children died of influenza-related causes throughout the country. The mild season of flu illness requires thousands of lives. The CDC reports that in the three decades since the mid-1
The season was especially fatal, arguing that the lives of over 80,000 Americans, including 185 children
. The disease can be fatal for anyone, but it is most dangerous for adults over the age of 65 and children under the age of 5 years.
How can flu lead to death? if this leads to serious breathing problems and severe dehydration. However, the more common scenario is the complication of infection, explains Dr. Claire Boccini, an infectious disease specialist at the Texas Children's Hospital.
She says that bacterial pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu, which leads to death. ] "This is because the influenza virus damages the lungs and causes inflammation, which makes the bacteria easier to invade the lungs and causes a very serious infection," Bokkini said. "Bacterial infection can make children difficult for breathing, and their lungs are struggling to get enough oxygen for their bodies." This happens when the body reacts excessively to the infection. Sepsis can affect several organ systems, sometimes causing organ damage and leads to death. the brain (or encephalitis), which can lead to a trial and dangerous brain edema.
Young children and older people are at greatest risk of this complication, as well as pregnant women and anyone with chronic illnesses, such as lungs. illness, heart disease, diabetes and neurological diseases
When to seek emergency medical care
If the flu becomes difficult, it is important to seek immediate medical attention immediately to prevent further complications
. Warnings on emergencies in children include:
- Fast breathing or bad breath
- Bluish color of the skin
- Do not drink enough fluids
- Without waking or not interacting  Being so irritating that the child does not want to keep
- Acne-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with rash
In adolescents and adults, warning signs may include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, confusion, drowsiness ochennya and severe or persistent vomiting.
If you or your child has these symptoms, it is important to get medical help immediately.
How to protect your family
The best protection against the flu is to get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that every person aged 6 months or older receive flu shot every year. If you or your child have not yet received an influenza vaccine this year, experts say it's not too late. The flu season reaches its peak in winter, but may remain in the spring.
If you have a small child who develops flu-like symptoms such as fever, body ailments, and fatigue, it is important to contact your pediatrician to find out if an antiviral drug such as Tamiflu (also available as a general oseltamivir) Relenza or Rapivab should be used
Other measures recommended by the CDC to prevent influenza include:
- Avoid close contact with other people, including hugs, kisses or handshakes.
- Depart from people before coughing or sneezing. 19659020] Frequently wash your hands, especially after coughing, sneezing or blasting.
- Coughing and sneezing into a cloth, then throw away, cough and sneeze in the shirt's upper sleeve, completely closing your mouth and nose. 19659020] Disinfect often touch surfaces and obj such as toys and door handles.