SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State public officials said a teenager in Massachusetts has died of the flu.
The Department of Public Health said this is the first pediatric flu death in the state this season.
The Department only identified the victim as a teenager from Worcester county. Tests confirmed the teen tested positive for influenza B. Federal health officials said there have been 39 flu-related child deaths across the country this season.
Examples of influenza illnesses include aches, fever, and congestion. Health officials recommend washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick to limit the spread of the disease.
As a way to prevent symptoms, the CDC recommends washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick to limit the spread of the disease. You should also avoid close contact with people who may be sick.
According to the state’s department of public health, last flu season, there were four confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in Massachusetts.
So far this flu season, between 2,000 and 3,000 Massachusetts residents have had to stay in the hospital with the flu.