The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first flu-related child death in Michigan for the 2021-2022 flu season, the agency said.
The reported death involves a Kalamazoo County child who contracted the flu strain known as A/H3, the agency said Friday. He did not reveal the child’s age.
A/H3 was first identified in US pigs in 2010 and first detected in humans in July 2011, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Once children reach six months of age, it is recommended that they receive two doses of flu vaccine for their first round,” said Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, medical director of the health agency. of Michigan, in a press release. “In addition, pregnant women should get the flu shot with every pregnancy.
An increase in flu-like illnesses and hospitalizations is currently taking place in Michigan, which is not typical for this time of year, the agency said. Elevated influenza activity has occurred across the country in recent weeks, he said.
Almost all positive flu samples confirmed by the agency this flu season have been influenza A/H3, he said.
For more information on the flu, visit Michigan.gov/flu.