(WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the second flu-related death in the state– this time a young girl from Middlesex County.
A young boy from Worcester County also died from the flu this past week.
Massachusetts DPH spokesperson Ann Scales told 22News the two cases appear to be unrelated and were confirmed by DPH’s State Public Health Lab.
There was only one pediatric flu-associated death in Massachusetts last year.
“January and February are typically the height of the flu season, and flu-related complications can result in very serious, life-threatening illness and even death, among both children and adults. These deaths are tragic and are a reminder of the dangers of flu and the importance of flu vaccination, our best protection against illness. The Department of Public Health urges people to get vaccinated, to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze and stay home when sick to limit the spread of disease.” —Dr. Larry Madoff, Director of Epidemiology and Immunization in the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health