MA confirms first child flu death of season

Six more people die from flu in North Carolina

Six more people die from flu in North Carolina

The juvenile, who lived in Worcester County, tested positive for influenza B, officials said in a news release.

MA health officials on Thursday reported the first child flu death in the state this season - a teenager who lived in Worcester County.

State health officials say flu activity dropped statewide last week but is still ahead of this time previous year.

"I feel huge sorrow for the family of this child", Bharel said in a statement. "Every flu season is different, but January and February are typically the height of flu season".

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"For their sake, we encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine not only for individual protection, but to protect those with more vulnerabilities", Wilkinson said.

Adults 65 years and older, those at risk of stroke, pregnant women and young children are also considered high-risk, according to the health department.

So far this season, DPH said up to 3,000 MA residents have been hospitalized with the flu, with an estimated 15,000-20,000 visits to the emergency room also linked to the illness. "Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick".

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