The Florida Department of Health announced Monday the deaths of two children, one in Pasco County and one in Orange County, from flu-related complications. Health officials refused to provide the ages and hometowns of the children. The Pasco child had an underlying health condition, said Deanna Krautner, a spokeswoman for the Pasco County Health Department. . . Experts say flu deaths in otherwise healthy people are unusual. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu. . .
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these children," said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for health and deputy state health Officer for Children's Medical Services. "Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu."
In Florida, the most common influenza subtype detected in recent weeks has been influenza A (H3). Officials refused to say if that's the type found in the two recent deaths. . .
Currently available vaccine formulations protect against all (sic) strains of influenza that have been identified as circulating in Florida this season, state health officials said. [But if you don't identify it, then you can make this claim without lying. Clever, huh?--Nass]
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated, with a few rare exceptions. State officials on Monday declined to say whether the two children who died had been vaccinated.
The following come from this CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#OISmap
No influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 46. To date, one influenza-associated pediatric death has been reported for the 2014-2015 season.
WHO and NREVSS collaborating laboratories located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia report to CDC the number of respiratory specimens tested for influenza and the number positive by influenza virus type and influenza A virus subtype. The results of tests performed during the current week are summarized in the table below. Region specific data are available athttp://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/fluportaldashboard.html.
|No. of specimens tested||10,304|
|No. of positive specimens (%)||955 (9.3%)|
|Positive specimens by type/subtype|
|Influenza A||836 (87.5%)|
|2009 H1N1||0 (0.0%)|
|Subytping not performed||579 (69.3%)|
|Influenza B||119 (12.5%)|