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NYC health officials: Child dies from influenza, first of the season

October 26, 2018 Associated Press
Flu season for the winter has claimed its first life in NYC. AP Photo/David Goldman
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Health department officials in New York say a child has died from influenza, the city’s first reported flu-related pediatric death of the season.

Acting New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot made the announcement on Thursday.

The child’s name, age, gender and borough of residence haven’t been released. Officials would only say that the child was under 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were about 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations from the flu in the U.S. last year. Of the 183 children who died from flu-related diseases, five lived in New York City.

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City health department officials recommend flu shots for anyone 6 months and older.

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