BOSTON – Massachusetts health officials reported a third child has died from influenza complications this season.
The latest death, according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a girl, age unknown, from Middlesex County. The state did not release the community, both one of the Boston TV stations was reporting a 4-year-old girl from Lowell.
This makes two girls, from Middlesex County, and a boy, 12, from Milford, who have died from complications from the flu this season.
Last year, only one child died from the flu or flu complications in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Larry Madoff from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said this year’s flu season in Massachusetts has been widespread and severe.
“January and February are typically the height of the flu season, and flu-related complications can result in very serious, life-threatening illness and even death, among both children and adults,” said Madoff.
Flu season typically lasts through the end of March.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates 12,000 to 56,000 deaths annually are due to complications of flu in the United States.
“These deaths are tragic and are a reminder of the dangers of flu and the importance of flu vaccination, our best protection against illness,” said Madoff.