Infant is San Bernardino County’s second flu-related death this season – San Bernardino County Sun

An infant is San Bernardino County’s first pediatric flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season, county public health officials said Monday, Dec. 2.

The child, who was not yet 1 year old, died Thursday, Nov. 21, from complications associated with the influenza infection, officials said.

“The family has our sincerest condolences,” Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, county health officer, said in a news release. “This is a reminder that flu can be a serious and sometimes deadly disease.”

It is the second flu-related death in San Bernardino County this season, which began in May. There were 11 flu-related deaths in the county from October 2018 through April 2019, officials said.

In Riverside County, there have been two deaths since September, county public health officials said. There were nine deaths during the 2018-19 season, officials said.

Public health officials recommend residents older than 6 months old get seasonal flu shots every year.

For children under 6 months old and those who are medically unable to get vaccinated, it’s best if the rest of the community gets vaccinated, officials say.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. The elderly, pregnant women, infants or people with other health conditions are at the highest risk of severe flu and should call a doctor immediately after showing symptoms.

Other prevention tips include washing hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home while sick.

Flu shot clinics can be found at flushot.healthmap.org. For more information, visit sbcounty.gov/dph or call the Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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