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New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

10 January 2019

Health officials urged state residents to get flu shots and take precautions during flu seasons, including washing your hands frequently, covering any coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick.

Maine ended the 2017-18 flu season with 9,018 cases and 82 deaths, the Maine CDC reported, the worst flu season in at least five years.

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

It has been a deadly flu season across Canada and Saskatchewan this year.

There have been 6 deaths this season likely directly linked to flu.

"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot.

State health officials have confirmed the first death of a New Jersey child associated with the flu this season.

Local health department contact information can be found here and information on flu vaccination clinics can be found here.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

A woman prepares to receive a flu shot on January 22, in San Francisco. That applies to data collected on both adults and children. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old. Nationally, 80,000 people in that age group died after contracting the virus.

New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season