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The flu outbreak 2017-2018

Kyla Ward, Staff Writer

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The flu outbreak is taking over people’s lives. It was predicted that on November 16, 2017, 5%-20%  of the U.S. population will be affected by the flu. The flu is being spread throughout the public and transported through the air from person to person. From December to February is the peak time for the flu to be spread around, so this is when precaution needs to take place.

In some cases, children may end up passing away from the illness. In Ohio, a 19-month-old baby died due to complications from the flu. The Ohio Department of Health has reported that a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County died from having the flu. In 2018, the Oklahoma State Department reported that 22 Oklahomans have died from the flu since September of 2017.

In December of 2017, a Californian 12-year-old died from a condition that the doctors thought to be the flu, but was not properly checked out and was misdiagnosed.  She fell ill in mid-December, so her parents took her to the care center where they misdiagnosed her symptoms as the flu. Four days later she was having troubles breathing, so her mother then took her back to the care center. However, by that time it was too late–her organs were already shutting down. She passed away, and it was not known until her memorial service that she had actually died from cardiac arrest.

Centers for Disease Control Protection has reported that flu activity this year has increased tremendously during the first week of January and is now widespread through 46 states across the U.S.

You can attempt to prevent getting the flu, but there is no guarantee that you will not get the flu. If you are having symptoms of the flu then you need to contact the doctor immediately.  

Some tips on preventing the flu are as follows: getting the flu shot, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, using Germ-X, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, using Lysol at home, getting the flu vaccination, avoiding contact with people who are sick, getting plenty of sleep and eating nutritious foods to boost your immune system, and avoiding touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.  

Symptoms of having the flu may include: fevers, chills, muscle ache, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, headaches, sore throat, and fatigue. Some people may have symptoms that include, dehydration, loss of appetite, sweating, and chills.


Works Cited

“CDC Reports Increase in the Flu Nationally.” CNW,  


-increase-fl’u-nationally/. Accessed 18 January 2018.


“Officials: 22 Oklahomans Have Died from the Flu This Season.”


kfor.com/2018/01/11/officials-22-oklahomans-have-died-from-the-flu-this-season/. Accessed 18 January 2018.

Steer, Jen. “Ohio Department of Health Reports First Child Flu Death of Season.” Fox8.Com

fox8.com/2018/01/10/ohio-department-of-health-reports-first-child-flu-death-of-season/. Accessed 18 January 2018.

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