New Jersey Department of Health Reports Fourth Pediatric Flu Death This Season

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NEW JERSEY – A North Jersey toddler died earlier this month after suffering from complications from the flu.

The child had other underlying medical conditions, Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said.

The department will not be releasing any additional information to protect the privacy of the family.

“I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child,” Elnahal said. “We are still seeing high flu activity across the state. It’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and others who may not be able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.”

To help prevent infections or the spread of the flu, the department recommends that people frequently wash or disinfect their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home and call their health care provider if they are sick, especially with a fever.

Flu vaccination clinics can be found here.

Local health department contact information can be found here.

For more information on the flu, visit here.