First pediatric flu death of the season reported in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Department of Health officials have confirmed the first pediatric flu death of the season.

“I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December.

There is high flu activity throughout the state and here are some flu season prevention tips from Dr. Edward McManus, an infectious disease specialist at Atlantic Health System’s Hackettstown Medical Center:

  • Wash your hands frequently and before meals.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • If your health is compromised, avoid crowded places like supermarkets, malls and theaters.
  • Seek medical advice for fever and flu symptoms.
  • It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Residents can find flu vaccination clinics near them by calling their local health department or by visiting

To learn more about the flu, visit

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