Milwaukee Health Department confirms first pediatric flu death of 2019-20

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee Health Department has confirmed the first influenza-associated death of a child in Milwaukee. 

The death is the first pediatric flu death reported to the MHD for the 2019-2020 flu season. This is the third pediatric flu death reported in Wisconsin. The other two children lived in the southern and southeastern part of the state.

There have been more than 90 pediatric flu deaths nationwide for the current season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s not too late to get your flu shot," said Commissioner Kowalik. “In order to protect yourself, your family, and our community, I encourage everyone 6 months of age to get vaccinated if they haven’t already”.

In addition to getting vaccinated, health officials recommend taking other preventative measures such as washing your hands often with soap and water, using a tissue or your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying home from work or school if you are feeling sick.

Flu vaccines remain available through local health care providers and retail pharmacies.

MHD is offering free flu vaccines to individuals 6 months of age and older during walk-in immunization clinics, while supplies last. For more information, click here

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