Mass. health officials report 4th pediatric flu death this season

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BOSTON (WPRI) — A Massachusetts teen has died of flu-related complications, meaning the state has now seen four flu-related pediatric deaths this season.

Health officials in Massachusetts reported a teenage boy from Middlesex County succumbed to complications after contracting the flu.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health previously reported the deaths of a 4-year-old Lowell girl, a 12-year-old Milford boy and a 4-year-old girl from Framingham in January and February.

Last year, health officials said only one child died from the flu.

While the overall hospitalizations have declined statewide since their peak in February, health officials are still stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

“This latest pediatric flu-related death underscores the seriousness of influenza and the need for everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated. Data suggests that we may be past the peak of the flu season, however, it is not over yet,” Dr. Larry Madoff, the medical director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said.

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