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City of Milwaukee Health Department reports 1st pediatric flu death of 2019-2020 season

Posted at 3:28 PM, Feb 18, 2020

MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) says a child has died from complications related to the flu. The child, who lives in the City of Milwaukee, is the first pediatric flu death reported to the MHD for the 2019-2020 flu season.

The CDC says there have been more than 90 pediatric flu deaths nationwide for the current season.

"We are incredibly saddened to learn that a child has died of complications related to influenza, our thoughts are with the child's family during this difficult time," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Jeanette Kowalik.

In the city of Milwaukee, 400 influenza-related hospitalizations have been reported for the 2019-2020 flu season.

"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 are available through local health care providers and retail pharmacies. The Milwaukee Health Department is also offering free flu vaccines to individuals 6 months of age and older during walk-in immunization clinics, while supplies last. Click here for more information.

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