The Department of Health of Montana has confirmed the state's first flu death this season, revealing that the death was a Missoula child. While health officials refused to disclose additional information, family members identified the victim as a 6-year-old Allison Eaglespeaker, a kindergarten teacher who claims to have died of influenza B and pneumonia on Saturday.
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According to the family's GoFundMe, the Russell Elementary School student died in the Community Medical Hospital in Missoula. It is unclear whether she had received the flu vaccine this year, but the health authorities have urged those who should not already be vaccinated, as the influenza effect should increase throughout the state in the coming weeks.
The recent Prevention influenza surveillance report detected five pediatric deaths that are not detected by Eaglespeaker during this flu season.
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According to a press release released by the State Department of Public Health, this year's Missoula Department of Health reports 36 cases of influenza, leading to six hospital admissions , Over 1
In addition, health officials recommend covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, often wash hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water and avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid close contact with sick people. They urge the sick to stay at home for at least 24 hours after a fever subsides.