BPSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today, April 2, the fourth flu-related pediatric death in Massachusetts, for this flu season.
The individual only was identified as a teenage boy from Middlesex County.
“This latest pediatric flu-related death underscores the seriousness of influenza and the need for everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated,” Dr. Larry Madoff, medical director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said in a statement. “Data suggests that we may be past the peak of the flu season, however, it is not over yet.”
An teen boy from Milford and two young girls from Middlesex County also died from the flu this season, according to the State.
There was only one pediatric flu-related death in Massachusetts last year.