Influenza has claimed the life of another child from New Jersey, thus marking the third child flu death case of this season, announced the New Jersey Health Department on Monday.
The child belonging to northern New Jersey, passed away last month and suffered from multiple underlying medical conditions, informed the health officials. The doctors were unable to vaccinate the infant because of medical reasons, the officials further said.
However, in order to safeguard the privacy of patient, the state health department didn’t release further information.
Notably, the death comes just a few days after the officials confirmed second New Jersey pediatric flu death this season. Notably, the first child flu death in the state was reported in late December last year.
As per Shereef Elnahal, state Health Commissioner, the flu activity still continues to remain high in New Jersey and so it is important for all the people, who haven’t received flu shots, to go ahead and get vaccinated, especially kids, older adults and those with underlying conditions who tend to have higher risk of contracting the disease.
Influenza can result in serious illness, which at times can also be fatal. Thus, the health officials have urged the people to take the necessary hygiene precautions in the current flu season like disinfecting or washing hands, covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing and calling a doctor at home in case they are sick.