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Flu hitting kids hard this season

Jacquie Slater
Updated: January 23, 2020 07:26 PM
Created: January 23, 2020 05:40 PM

For 8-year-old Kyla Corrigan and her little sister, Kelly, it's been a tough couple of weeks. Both girls battled the flu - with Kyla getting the worst of it.

"It lasted eight straight days of fever. It was awful. Poor girl was exhausted and yeah, it was awful," said Kyla's mom Erin.

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Erin says this year the girls didn't get their flu shots. She says a lack of time paired with Kelly being prone to anxiety lead to the decision to skip out this year.

Corrigan is not alone. Doctors say the number of kids coming into their offices with flu-related illnesses is alarming and influenza type B can be particularly dangerous for children.

"We are having a very active season for sure. The flu has hit early. It's hit aggressively and kids are very sick," said Dr. Melissa Deimling with Community Care Pediatrics in Latham.

Deimling says her office has been swamped with high fevers, coughs, congestion, fatigue and body aches and pains.

According to the New York State Department of Health's Flu Tracker website, Albany and Saratoga Counties are the hardest hit in the Capital Region so far this year, but have seen a slight decrease in the number of reported cases in the last week. Schenectady and Rensselaer counties have seen a spike in confirmed cases this week.

The Department of Health says statewide there was a 22-percent jump in confirmed cases statewide from the week ending January 11 to the week ending January 18.

"It's not too late to get your flu vaccine. Even if you already had flu this year, it's not too late to get a flu vaccine," said Dr. Deimling.

Erin Corrigan says she plans to take her daughters every year moving forward and hopes others can learn from her experience.

"After what we just went through, it's like girly girl, you're going to get your shot," said Corrigan.


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