Newark teen dies from flu plus complications

Wayne County Public Health announced that they have been notified that a Wayne County 14 year old Newark boy died late Wednesday (2/13) night at Strong Memorial Hospital, due to a confirmed case of Influenza B. Even though the young man had received an influenza vaccination, several complications led to his death.

William Finn Tyler “Tyler” was the son of William and Tonya (Fries) Finn. He was an 8th grade student at the Newark Middle School.

According to the Wayne County Public Health Director Diane Devlin, Tyler’s death was the first in the County during the latest round of the flu outbreak.

Family and friends may call Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16 & 17) from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Norman L. Waterman Funeral Home, Inc., 124 W. Miller St., Newark. A Funeral Service will be Monday (Feb. 18) at 11 a.m. at the Woodlane Community Church, 5694 Wood Lane, Newark.

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.

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