Child dies of flu, marking NYC’s 4th pediatric flu death

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A child has died of the flu, marking the city’s fourth flu-related pediatric death this season, the New York City Department of Health confirmed Monday.

The department wrote in a press release, “The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the devastating effects this illness can have on people of all ages. The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot. We urge parents to protect themselves and their families by getting this potentially life-saving vaccine today. In addition to health care settings, flu vaccines are also available at pharmacies for children as young as two years old. People with a compromised immune system, children, pregnant women and those aged 65 and older who develop influenza-like symptoms should seek medical care as early as possible.”

Officials from the department declined to disclose any personal or medical information about the case.

However, officials say the 5-year-old girl was found unconscious in her home at the Bay View Houses in Canarsie Saturday night after complaining of a fever and difficulty breathing.

She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An 8-year-old girl from Queens died of the flu last week, according to the Health Department.

More than 60 children have succumbed to the flu this winter season nationwide.

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