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Aurora 3-year-old is the first child to die of the flu in Illinois this season; healthcare professionals urge vaccines

Kane County healthcare professionals urge people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died of flu-like complications last month at an Aurora hospital. Aurora girl died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said. "She was a healthy little girl most of the time," Russell said. "She had the flu for a couple of days at home, and as all parents would do, they treated it and gave her bed support." After the child could not keep food or water, her parents took her to hospital and she was treated in the emergency room, he said. "She started eating a popsicle and I guess she ever went unconscious," Russell said. The coroner said he could not find any innate or present medical problems and her doctor said she was up to date on her immunizations, but he does not know if it includes receiving a flu shot, Russell said. The Aurora baby is one of 1 3 child deaths across the country this flu season, and is the first flu-related death in Illinois this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. "At any time there is a childhood death, it is extremely tragic," said Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter. "We are at the season's point when the flu begins to increase and every year it is obvious that it is an epidemic." Last April, 5-year-old Mia Lobo from Carpentersville died of flu complications. Carpentersville 5-year-old dies of flu problems:…

Kane County healthcare professionals urge people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died of flu-like complications last month at an Aurora hospital.

Aurora girl died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said.

“She was a healthy little girl most of the time,” Russell said. “She had the flu for a couple of days at home, and as all parents would do, they treated it and gave her bed support.”

After the child could not keep food or water, her parents took her to hospital and she was treated in the emergency room, he said.

“She started eating a popsicle and I guess she ever went unconscious,” Russell said.

The coroner said he could not find any innate or present medical problems and her doctor said she was up to date on her immunizations, but he does not know if it includes receiving a flu shot, Russell said.

The Aurora baby is one of 1

3 child deaths across the country this flu season, and is the first flu-related death in Illinois this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“At any time there is a childhood death, it is extremely tragic,” said Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter. “We are at the season’s point when the flu begins to increase and every year it is obvious that it is an epidemic.”

Last April, 5-year-old Mia Lobo from Carpentersville died of flu complications.

Carpentersville 5-year-old dies of flu problems: “She was the most loving, beautiful girl” “

” “Probably hundreds of thousands of children get the flu and I also think some children at her school had the flu, Russell says about it 3-year-olds who recently died. “Why she came to that, I do not know. It is often a perfect storm. “

The disease control centers report that children younger than 5 years – and especially those less than 2 years old – are at high risk of serious influenza-like complications due to their limited immune system.

Children aged 6 months and over Younger people usually have antibodies in their system that are transmitted by their mothers and after that it can take children up to five years to develop a strong immune system.

During the 2017-18 season, 185 children died of influenza complications in the United States, officials said. Centers for Disease Control

Officials there said the risk of influenza is currently high in Illinois, one of 24 states designated by the group as widespread influenza activity

Schlueter reminds residents that it is never too late season to get an influenza virus

Vaccine is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, but those who are vaccinated will have fewer complications, so de Schlueter.

The flu rejection takes two weeks to get full effect, officials said.

“I make sure to get flu shots every year, because when I’m not” I get really sick, Russell says.

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