First child dies from flu this season in NYC

First child dies from flu this season in NYC

Flu season is here and it's claimed its first death in Pierce County.

The city's Health Department did not release the child's age, gender or home borough.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is reporting the first lab-confirmed case of flu in the area.

Other states have reported flu-related deaths already this season, with health professionals across the country urging everybody six months and older to get vaccinated.

There were about 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations connected to the flu across the country a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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"Get the flu shot to protect yourself and those around you", said Dr. Nicola Mercer, medical officer of health and CEO for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. If you need help finding a location, I encourage you to use the Health Department NYC Health Map.

"Getting an influenza vaccine every year is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu".

Every year in the US, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year, the Health Department says.

The flu typically comes on suddenly and can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

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