Coos Bay high school student dies from flu, school officials say

The superintendent’s message said the student passed away Monday and the school crisis team would be available for students and staff.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:42 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 1:52 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. — Coos Bay Public Schools announced the death of a Marshfield High School student Monday.

Superintendent Bryan Trendell said the high school student passed away Monday morning due to complications of Influenza B.

The superintendent’s message did say the school crisis team would be available for students and staff for the remainder of the week.

Officials later confirmed that the student was a Junior at Marshfield High School.

They said he started experiencing "flu-like symptoms" while on vacation with his family over the weekend. His family brought him to the ER near the place they were staying. The doctors tested him for strep and it came back negative. After the family returned home, they brought Crane to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. He died early Monday monring.

Travis Howard, who is the principal at Marshfield High School said the student was "very popular" among the students. He said he played baseball, football and played in the band. Howard said the family was also very involved in the community.

“He was definitely a product of that wonderful environment," said Howard. "He will be missed.”

Howard said there is no concerns of flu within the high school at this time.

He also said the school crisis team would be available for students and staff for the remainder of the week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are four types of influenza viruses: A, B, C, and D. Human influenza A and B are responsible for "seasonal epidemics" (known as the flu season) almost every winter in the U.S.

Several strains of influenza A and B are included in the flu shot each season. The CDC says that the best way to prevent getting the flu is still to get vaccinated every year.

While most people who come down with the flu do not need professional medical care or medication, the virus can cause complications — particularly in high-risk groups. Young children, adults over 65, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems due to other medical conditions tend to be more at risk.

Examples of flu-related complications include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. Flu also can make chronic health problems, such as congestive heart failure, significantly worse.

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