We’re only halfway through flu season and Massachusetts has already seen twice as many child flu deaths as last year.
The state Department of Public Health said a girl from Middlesex County and a 12-year-old boy from Milford both died this week. They are the state’s first two pediatric flu-related deaths this season. Only one child died from the flu in Massachusetts last year.
Local health experts recommend having your sick child tested for the flu as soon as possible to prevent tragedy.
Dr. Ira Helfand of the Family Care Medical Center told 22News, “If there’s a question that your child has the flu, they should get checked because there’s treatment available and the treatment will help the child get better sooner at the very least. This is an illness that’s well worth treating.”
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches and suddenly feeling very ill.
Twenty-four children across the country have died from the flu so far this year.