Wisconsin DHS confirms 3 child influenza-associated deaths

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has confirmed the deaths of three children under the age of 18 due to complications from influenza. 

These are the first reported pediatric flu-associated deaths in Wisconsin for the 2021-2022 season.

DHS encourages everyone over six months of age to get the flu vaccine as cases rise throughout the state. 

Those at greater risk of becoming seriously ill include those who are pregnant, over age 65, and those with chronic health conditions.

“DHS is deeply saddened to report these flu deaths in Wisconsin this influenza season,” said State Health Officer Paula Tran. “It is important to remember that along with COVID-19, other communicable diseases such as flu are circulating in our communities. Each of these alone can pose serious health risks for children, and co-infection can occur. It is not too late for Wisconsinites to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.”

You can get your flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time. 

Vaccine finder is a free tool that can help Wisconsinites find a vaccine provider near them.

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