The 2017-2018 flu season is being considered one of the worst ones in nearly a decade. Every state except for Hawaii is dealing with flu cases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 pediatric deaths in its latest Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.
The most common reason for a child with the flu to be admitted to Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida is dehydration and high-grade fever. The intensity of this flu season has not only increased the number of patients we’re seeing but also how sick they are. Three-year-old Michael is one of those cases.
Michael came to PCCSF at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital suffering from a rash, fever and joint pain. Tests eventually showed the toddler had an aggressive form of the flu, which then affected his heart, kidneys, lungs and liver.
PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman shared Michael’s story exclusively with WPLG Local 10. We’re happy Michael is back home with his family after making a full recovery.