New Jersey

Third Child Flu Death in New Jersey This Season, Health Officials Say

A third child has died from complication of the flu in New Jersey, state health officials announced Monday.

The infant from northern New Jersey died in late January and had several underlying conditions, Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said.

According to health officials, the child was not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

In order to protect patient privacy, the state's Department of Health will not be releasing additional information.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of this young child,” Elnahal said. “There is high flu activity in the state, so it’s important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot to get vaccinated, especially children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions who are at high risk for serious flu complications. Influenza can cause severe illness and unfortunately can be deadly, especially in these vulnerable populations. It is also important for health care workers to be vaccinated.”

Health officials recommend that people take the necessary precautions during the influenza season, which includes: washing or disinfecting your hands frequently, covering one's mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as staying home and calling your health care provider if you are sick — particularly if you have a fever.

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