First Wisconsin pediatric flu death of the season reported

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 17:34:55-05

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported the first child flu-related death of the season.

“This sad news proves how serious influenza can be and how important it is to take measures to protect our children,” said Lyn Ranta, MD, director of physician affairs at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in a news release. “I cannot stress enough the importance of an annual flu vaccination for all children. If your child hasn’t gotten theirs yet this season, it’s not too late to help protect them.”

The location and age of the person killed by the flu was not included in the news release.

Families are urged to get the flu vaccine each year to help prevent the spread of the virus.