2nd baby dies of flu in New Jersey this season

New Jersey child dies of flu, first infant death of 2018-2019 season (New Jersey Department of Health)
New Jersey child dies of flu, pediatric first death of the season (microgen, Getty Images)

Two children died of the flu this year in New Jersey, state officials said Tuesday.

The second death occurred earlier this month and officials last week were able to confirm he was linked to the flu.

The first flu death of children this season was reported in December in central Jersey. According to state health statistics, there have been five pediatric deaths due to influenza during the 2017-2018 season.

The authorities did not reveal any other details about the victim except to indicate that the toddler was a resident of North Jersey.

Influenza activity remains "high" for the entire state.

"This sad news is a reminder that children, the elderly and people with certain health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications," Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said Tuesday. "The influenza activity remains high in all the state. Being vaccinated against the flu is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the disease. "

State officials recommend that residents be vaccinated against the flu. More information on influenza vaccination clinics is available here on the CDC website.

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