DOH confirms Enterovirus cases
The state Department of Health confirmed Tuesday five new cases of enterovirus D68 in New Jersey, bringing the total to 14 cases in New Jersey. There are two new confirmed cases in Morris County and one each in Camden, Middlesex and Mercer counties. The typical enterovirus season runs from July through October, so we're in an enterovirus season. What’s unusual about this one is that it’s a virus that hasn’t widely spread through the U.S. before.
Public-health experts are stressing that the virus still is around and could contribute to a more-complicated cold and flu season. And they’re quick to mention that one of those illnesses can be prevented with a shot or nasal spray. It’s always important for kids to get their flu shot. Flu killed 107 children in the United States last year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends annual vaccination for almost everyone 6 months or older. This year, health officials are emphasizing that parents should choose the nasal vaccine, which is made from a live virus, over the shot if their children are 2 to 8 years old because it provides better protection. How to protect your child.