3rd Child Flu Death Reported In Massachusetts

The death of a third Massachusetts child from the flu this season — identified Wednesday as a 4-year-old girl from Lowell — has stirred concern about the dangers of the contagious respiratory illness among young people

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The girl, who had not received a flu vaccination and dealt with underlying medical issues, died February 12. Fifteen people were hospitalized, three of whom died, according to a weekly report released Wednesday. "The Department of Public Health urges people to get vaccinated, to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze and stay home when sick to limit the spread of disease".

Rhonda Schmidt, Director of Nursing for Southern Seven Health Department, says typically each flu season has two peaks and we've hit both, "There was one peak in the season in December around Christmas time, and then there's been another peak in the season, which was about a week ago".

Flu-like illnesses may not be the direct cause of death in these cases but may contribute to other causes of death, Gilbertson told Reuters Health in an email.

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That brings the total number of flu deaths this season, which started September 30, 2018, to 68 in North Carolina.

Public health officials in MA have confirmed a third pediatric flu death in the state this season.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 12,000 to 56,000 deaths due to complications of flu nationwide annually.

If you still haven't gotten your flu shot for this season, Schmidt still recommends getting vaccinated.

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