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State Officials Report First Pediatric Flu Death

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is reporting the first pediatric flu-related death for the 2023-2024 flu season. A child in the western part of the state recently died from complications associated with influenza infection. To protect the family’s privacy, additional information will not be released.

North Carolina has seen a rise in flu cases in recent weeks in combination with rising RSV cases and continued COVID-19 activity. Five adult flu-associated deaths have already been reported in North Carolina this season, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one other state had reported a pediatric flu death as of November 11.

A news release from NCDHHS says flu vaccinations are especially important for children who are at higher risk of developing severe disease or complications, including those younger than five-years-old, especially under two, or those with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

The CDC recommends all children aged six months and older receive a seasonal flu vaccine. Parents should talk with their health care provider about options to protect infants from severe RSV disease, including vaccines for pregnant women during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy.

Early testing and treatment can also help prevent flu and COVID-19 infections from becoming more serious in children. Treatment works best if started soon after symptoms begin. Get more details at this link