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Four-Year-Old Succumbs to Deadly Flu Surge, Experts Urge Vaccination

Four-Year-Old Succumbs to Deadly Flu Surge

United States: A four-year-old boy has lost his life to a common flu, which was commonly spreading, and the health experts were asking him to get vaccinated. The boy lost his life at the Austin Hospital on June 10 and was laid to rest on Tuesday.

The cases linked to influenza have been increased across the nation, among all the age groups. The details regarding the same has been provided by the Victorian Department of Health.

During this crucial time, Chief Health Officer – Dr Clare Looker- asked parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated against the flu. She was further quoted saying, “We’re expecting flu cases to keep rising in the weeks ahead, so it’s critical people book their flu vaccination now, particularly for those groups at higher risk of severe illness, such as children.”

Furthermore, she mentioned, “Flu is highly contagious, and while most people may only experience mild to moderate symptoms, for some, it can be deadly.”

Vaccination!

According to the official reports, only 23 percent of Victorians who are under the age of five (5) have received vaccination this year. Common symptoms of the flu are body aches, cough, and fever. Along with this, the infected individuals also suffer from chills, sore throat, tiredness, and runny nose.

Antivaccination of influenza is administered to anyone older than six months, with free service for those considered to be at higher risk through the NIP.

Susceptible people included children under the age of five, specifically between the ages of six months and less than five years, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people six months of age and older, aged 65 years and over, and people with comorbidities.

 ABS data shows deaths due to influenza as of March 2024 at 59, Including fatalities in New South Wales with 20, Victoria with its 12, and Queensland with 16.

 A new diagnostic tool now allowed an Australian who presents symptoms to confirm within 24 hours if he or she has influenza Covid-19, a common cold, or one of the 14 other respiratory viruses.

The outcome of this pathology test facilitates prompt procurement of antiviral treatments, potentially mitigating the duration and intensity of influenza or COVID-19.

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