DPH says that the child died from influenza earlier this week. The identity and age of the child have not been released.
“Our hearts go out to the family of this child. For confidentiality reasons, I can’t provide you with any additional details about this child’s illness. I can, however, emphasize the importance of vaccinating children against influenza. In Connecticut, there have been reported 12 flu-associated pediatric deaths from the 2005-06 flu season through the 2017-18 season. Only two of these cases (17%) had evidence of current flu vaccination,” said Commissioner Pino.
According to the DPH, children younger than 5-years-old, especially those younger than 2-years-old or those with long-term medical conditions, are at risk of serious flu-related complications. They say that because of this it is important to vaccinate all children for influenza starting at 6-months-old.
The DPH reports that approximately 80% of children who die from influenza nationally and in Connecticut were not vaccinated.