First Pediatric Flu-Related Death of Season Reported in Chicago

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting the first flu-related pediatric death of the 2019-20 flu season in Chicago and Illinois. Overall, influenza activity is high and at its peak. Nationally, this flu season has resulted in a higher number of pediatric deaths earlier in the season compared to previous years and children continue to be at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. No other information will be released on the Chicago case due to patient privacy. If prescribed, residents are encouraged to take antiviral medicine to treat or prevent the flu. Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick. You can reduce your risk of spreading viruses like influenza by:

– Washing your hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

– Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

– Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

– Avoiding close contact with sick people. If you are sick, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

– Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

You can visit CDPH’s Flu Clinic Finder at to find a flu shot location in your neighborhood and for updates on local flu activity.

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