BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Public health officials confirmed on Tuesday the fourth flu-like pediatric death in Massachusetts.
According to the Department of Public Health, a teenage boy from Middlesex County died of the virus this flu season. In January and February, a young man from Worcester County and two young girls from Middlesex County also died of the influenza virus.
"This latest pediatric flu-like death underlines the severity of the flu and the need for everyone over six months to be vaccinated," says Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Science at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health highlighted in a press release. "Data suggests that we may be past the peak of the flu season, but it's not over yet."
An influenza-like death was reported in Massachusetts last season.
An estimate between 250 and 1,100 residents in Massachusetts dies annually from influenza influenza, according to DPH officials.
DPH said reports of both flu-like diseases and flu-like hospitalizations have fallen since their peak in February. Officials continue to encourage residents to stay awake to wash their hands and be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease.
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