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3rd Child Flu Death Reported In Massachusetts

3rd Child Flu Death Reported In Massachusetts

The girl, who died on February 12, had an underlying health condition, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

Authorities previously confirmed that a 12-year-old boy from Milford and a 4-year-old girl from Framingham had died from flu-related complications. During last flu season, two children died from flu complications, according to the county. "This can be very necessary that folks get vaccinated as a result of influenza will be lethal".

Dr. Albert Wu, an internist and professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said the study is a reminder that many respiratory infections other than flu can be deadly.

The deaths bring the county's flu season death toll to 35.

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The Department of Health also recommends that people take the necessary precautions during this flu season: wash or disinfect your hands frequently, cover any coughs and sneezes, stay home and call your health care provider if you are sick (especially with a fever).

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

State health officials estimate that 250 to 1,100 MA residents die annually from flu complications.

Flu shots are available at the J. Glen Smith Heath Center, located at 11100 St. Clair Ave. and at the Thomas McCafferty Heath Center, 4242 Lorain Road.