Fourth MA Child Dies From Flu Complications

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A teenage boy from Middlesex County is the fourth victim to die of the flu in Massachusetts this year, the Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday.

"The latest pediatric flu-related death underscores the seriousness of influenza and the need for everyone over the age of six months to get vaccinated," Dr. Larry Madoff, Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Mass. Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Dr. Madoff said that, though data suggests we are past peak flu season, it isn't over yet.

The other three Massachusetts flu deaths this season, which took place in January and February, involved an adolescent boy from Worcester County and two young girls from Middlesex County.

Last flu season, there was just one flu-related pediatric death in the state.

For more information on protecting yourself from the flu, visit mass.gov/influenza.

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