A teenager in Wayne County died Wednesday at Strong Memorial Hospital from a confirmed case of Influenza B.
14-year old Tyler Finn of Newark, came down with the flu on January 30, followed by a viral infection he could not fight.
The Wayne County Public Health Department said even though Finn received a flu vaccine, several complications led to his death. It's the first death from the flu in Wayne County since 2009.
Finn's family released the following statement Thursday:
"The Finn family would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friends, family and members of our community for your kind thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness during Tyler's illness. Tyler will always have a special place in the hearts of those who knew him."
Wayne County Public Health regrets to inform the public that we have been notified that a Wayne County child has died due to a confirmed case of Influenza B. Even though the child had received an influenza vaccination, several complications led to their death.
It was tough interview for Wayne County Public Health Director Diane Devlin. She confirmed to us that a Wayne county boy died of the Flu Wednesday night. He had been vaccinated.
Devlin says something like this sets you back
The boys name, age and hometown will not be released. Devlin continues to urge precautions.
Flu activity is widespread in New York State and while the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, it is your best defense against the seasonal flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Flu vaccine can be obtained through your Primary Care Physician, area pharmacies and at Wayne County Public Health. Please call your physician’s office or your pharmacy, to inquire about the availability of the vaccine because some of these sources are now experiencing a shortage in vaccine supply.
There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
If you’re sick, STAY HOME!! Seasonal Flu spreads easily in close environments.
If you have been sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
To obtain flu vaccine from Wayne County Public Health, please call 315-946-5749 to make an appointment.