First Pediatric Death of the Flu Season Reported in February, FCBuzz Residents Can Still Get Vaccine

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) announced the death of a child earlier this week from influenza.  This is the first pediatric death involving a Connecticut child during this flu season.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this child.  For confidentiality reasons, I can’t provide you with any additional details about this child’s illness”, said Commissioner Pino.  “I can, however, emphasize the importance of vaccinating children against influenza. In Connecticut, there have been reported 12 flu-associated pediatric deaths from the 2005-06 flu season through 2017-18 season.  Only two of these cases (17%) had evidence of current flu vaccination”.

The CDC recommends that FCBuzz residents who have not yet been vaccinated, do so now! It’s not too late and the vaccine is effective as long as influenza viruses are circulating.

Below is a list of Health Centers. We have not verified that each of these centers is still administering flu vaccines so it is very important that you call first.

Optimus Milford Community Health Center949 Bridgeport Ave, Milford203-878-6365
Optimus Transitional Clinic480 Bond St, Bridgeport203-366-5817
Health Center120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770
Family Health Center762 Lindley St, Bridgeport203-330-6000
Optimus Main Street Pediatrics3715 Main St, Bridgeport203-371-7111
Day Street Community Health Center49 Day St, Norwalk203-854-9292www.chc1.com
Mobile Van #1120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770www.norwalkchc.org
Stratford Community Health Center727 Honeyspot Rd, Stratford203-375-7242www.optimushealthcare.org
Hollow Community Health Center82 George St, Bridgeport203-576-3881www.optimushealthcare.org
Optimus At Barnum Avenue471 Barnum Ave, Bridgeport203-696-3260www.optimushealthcare.org
Park City Primary Care64 Black Rock Ave, Bridgeport203-579-5000www.optimushealthcare.org
Bridgeport Community Health Center982 E Main St, Bridgeport203-696-3260www.optimushealthcare.org
Jp Morgan Chase Wellness Center1071 E Main St, Bridgeport203-330-2783www.optimushealthcare.org
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr,Inc1046 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport203-330-6054www.swchc.org
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc743 South Ave, Bridgeport203-330-6000www.swchc.org
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc46 Albion St, Bridgeport203-332-3500www.swchc.org
Casa Recovery1124 Iranistan Ave, Bridgeport203-336-4745www.swchc.org
Operation Hope50 Nichols Ave, Fairfield203-254-2935www.swchc.org
Prospect House392 Prospect St, Bridgeport203-576-9041www.swchc.org
Harrison Apartments651 State St, Bridgeport203-579-7612www.swchc.org
Casa690 Arctic St, Bridgeport203-339-4112www.swchc.org
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc968 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport203-332-3500www.swchc.org

Influenza associated deaths of individuals 18 years of age or younger have been reportable in Connecticut since January 2005. Children younger than 5 years of age –especially those younger than 2 years old or those with long-term medical conditions – are at risk of serious flu-related complications, including pneumonia, or worsening of long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and diseases of the heart and nervous system. Rarely, flu complications can lead to death.

It is especially important that all children be vaccinated for influenza, starting at 6 months of age, since even apparently healthy children can become very ill and die from the flu.  Approximately 80% of children who die from influenza nationally and in Connecticut were not vaccinated for flu. Vaccination is particularly important for young children and those with long-term health conditions.

Getting your annual flu shot is also essential for people who are in contact with young or high risk children.  Infants younger than six months of age are too young to be vaccinated themselves and are high risk for becoming infected from unvaccinated people.

Commissioner Pino continues to “urge residents to get a flu shot to ensure protection through the remainder of the season. It is not too late to protect your health.” Also adding, “Everyone can help prevent the spread of flu by doing simple preventative practices such a covering your cough and sneeze and washing hands frequently. Teaching and reminding children of this important health practice is also very important”.

Parents are encouraged to call their health care professional if their child develops flu symptoms, such as sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, and headache. They might prescribe antiviral medications which can lessen the duration and severity of the illness. Antiviral medications are most effective when they are started as soon as possible after the illness starts. Serious flu-related illness can develop very quickly in children so parents and child-care providers should closely monitor children for signs of severe illness.

Commissioner Pino emphasized “Let’s all do our part to protect the children of Connecticut from influenza.”

For more CT Influenza statistics.


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