Pennsylvania state health officials have affirmed the first pediatric death related with influenza this season.
The death was reported to the state in the last week, said Nate Wardle, press secretary for the Department of Health. Because of privacy laws, no other information, including the child’s exact age, underlying health conditions, or whether the child had been vaccinated will be released, he said.
There have additionally been 24 adult flu deaths this season, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
During the most recent week, the flu has been increasing in all parts of the state, and is considered widespread, with the highest activity reported in the southeast and northwest regions. As of Jan. 26, there have been a total of 19,757 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, the state reported.
New Jersey is one of the states hardest hit by the current year’s influenza, the U.S. Places for Disease Control and Prevention revealed.
In late December, health officials affirmed the state’s first pediatric death. Right now, the frequency of flu is viewed as high all through the Garden State.
Broadly, there have been 22 influenza-associated pediatric deaths this season, the CDC reported.
Amid a year ago’s influenza season, there were 185 pediatric deaths related with illness, the CDC reported.Though February usually is the peak month for flu cases, the season can extend into late April or early May.