New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

"It is recommended that people still get the flu vaccination if they have not already", said infectious disease expert Dr. David Cennimo of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring.

It marks the second flu-related death reported so far in Riverside County after a 60-year-old Riverside man died from flu-related complications in November. While Mema says it's close to being the peak of the flu season, it can stick around well into March. "This year, the predominant strain we're seeing is H1N1", Shahab said.

The New Jersey Department of Health is confirming the state's first pediatric flu death of the season.

"For those of us who are not infected yet and haven't gotten the shot, you should get the flu shot now", Melnick said.

The department did not release additional information about the child, citing privacy concerns. "Get your flu shot and get protected".

The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating.

Both these groups are susceptible to swine flu.

The most effective way to protect against the flu is to get a dose of seasonal flu vaccine. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially unsafe virus. Bankole also said that after the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people developed improved natural immunity to the virus, which means symptoms tend to be milder even for people who contract the flu.

The child, whose identity was not disclosed, was from the southwest county area and was taken to a hospital outside the county, where the death occurred last week, according to Riverside University Health System officials.