RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A seven-year-old boy has died in Pittsylvania County.
According to a family member, who spoke to WRIC News in Richmond, he died after getting the flu.
The family said Kevin Baynes, Junior was sent home from school on Friday and was diagnosed with strep throat and the flu at the emergency room on Saturday before being sent home.
He was found dead on Sunday morning and his body was sent to the medical examiner’s office to determine the official cause of death.
According to the Health Director at the Pittsylvania County-Danville Health District, there have not been any pediatric deaths related to the flu in Virginia so far this year.
Nationally the flu is very widespread and is very serious.
Anywhere from 200,00 to 250,000 people are hospitalized nationally for the flu each year. The director also said there are typically around 40,000 deaths nationally due to the flu.
This year’s flu shot is not as effective as in years past, but it can still reduce the severity of the flu.
The director said there are three main ways to help prevent the spread of the flu:
1) Get the flu shot
2) Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water
3) Stay home if you are sick and let your doctor know if you are sick
The Pittsylvania County-Danville Health District is planning two Flu Pods in February.
The first will be on Friday, February 2 at the Hobby Lobby in Danville From 9 to 3. This is planned to be a drive-thru event.
The second is planned for February 10 at the Danville Community Farmers Market from 8 to 1.