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Third child has died from flu complications in New Jersey, Health Department confirms

A third New Jersey child has died from influenza complications this season, Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal announced Monday.

The infant from northern New Jersey died in late January and had several underlying conditions. The child was not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons. In order to protect patient privacy, the Department will not be releasing additional information.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of this young child,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “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.”

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).

The first pediatric flu death this season was a child from the central region of the state who died in late December. The second child died earlier this month.

Residents can find flu vaccination clinics near them by calling their local health department or by visiting cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html.

To learn more about flu, please visitnj.gov/health/cd/topics/flu.shtml

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