The New Jersey Department of Health has received confirmation of the first pediatric flu death this influenza season.
“I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a statement.
According to the health department, the child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. Due to privacy issues, the health department will not be releasing additional information.
Because there is high flu activity throughout the state, the health department urges everyone, especially health care workers—to get a flu shot.
The health department 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).
Residents can find flu vaccination clinics near them by calling their local health department or by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html.
Local health department contact information can be found on this site: www.localhealth.nj.gov