Connecticut DPH reports first pediatric death of the flu season

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The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has announced the first pediatric death involving a Connecticut child from the flu.

DPH says that the child died from influenza earlier this week. The identity and age of the child have not been released. 

Related: Connecticut flu deaths up to 11 this season

“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.

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