Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said that Ireland had now entered the flu season.
Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Health, there have been about 200 hospitalizations due to flu statewide so far this season, far below the five year average. It was the first time this season the county's influenza positivity rate registered above 10 percent, which is the threshold for triggering active flu season. "We continue to recommend community members get their flu shot". "In the last week or so we've started to see increases, similar to what we're seeing nationally".
"We are seeing numbers rise in our region", said Dr. Irfan Hafiz, an infectious disease specialist who serves as chief medical officer of the northwest region of Northwestern Medicine.
The child - from Central Jersey - died in late December.
"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year". While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say.
A woman prepares to receive a flu shot on January 22, in San Francisco.
The child, whose identity was not disclosed, was from the southwest county area and was taken to a hospital outside the county, where the death occurred last week, according to Riverside University Health System officials.
That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said.