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First Pediatric Death of the Flu Season Reported in February, Stamford Downtown 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 Stamford Downtown 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.

NameLocationPhoneWebsite
Family Centers Health Care At Wilbur Peck Court111 Wilbur Peck Ct, Greenwich203-717-1760
Optimus At Inspirica8 Woodland Pl, Stamford203-388-0170
Health Center120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770
Optimus Fairgate9 Fairgate Dr, Stamford
Fchc At 20 Bridge Street20 Bridge St, Greenwich203-629-2822
Chc Of Stamford @ Fifth Street22 5th St, Stamford860-347-6971
Optimus Harbor Point805 Atlantic St, Stamford203-327-5111
Day Street Community Health Center49 Day St, Norwalk203-854-9292www.chc1.com
Franklin Street Community Health Center141 Franklin St, Stamford203-969-0802www.chc1.com
Mobile Van #1120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770www.norwalkchc.org
Optimus Pacific House Shelter597 Pacific St, Stamford203-348-2792www.optimushealthcare.org
Optimus On The Boulevard1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford203-621-3700www.optimushealthcare.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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