Two children died of influenza in New Jersey this year, state officials said Tuesday.
The second death occurred earlier this month, and officials last week confirmed that it's related to the flu.
19659003] The first child death from this flu was reported in December in Central Jersey. According to state health statistics, there were five pediatric flu deaths in the 2017/18 season.
The authorities did not disclose any further information about the victim, unless the toddler is a resident of North Jersey.
The flu activity remains "high" for the entire state.
"This sad news reminds that children, the elderly and people with certain health conditions are at high risk of serious flu complications," Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said Tuesday. "Flu activity remains high throughout the state. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease.
Public authorities recommend that residents view a flu vaccine. For more information on influenza vaccine clinics, see here on the CDC website.
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