A child in southern Mississippi has become the first child death of the year, health officials said Wednesday.
The child, whose name and age were not released, had underlying health status, officials from the Mississippi State Department of Health said.
In Mississippi, 20 deaths have been reported in children with influenza since flu deaths were reported in the 2008-2009 season. Nationwide, five deaths in children with influenza have been reported this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers.
"We know there were 183 childhood flu cases last year, of which three were in Mississippi," said Drs. Thomas Dobbs, Interim State Health Officer. "Across the country, about 80 percent of pediatric deaths were in children who were not vaccinated against the flu."
In Mississippi's first lab, a flu illness was reported on Tuesday, and it's now all the more important that you review your overall behavior The family gets a flu shot if they have not already done so. Dobbs.
The flu season usually peaks in Mississippi from January to March, and the flu shot usually takes up to two weeks to produce immunity.