State’s first child flu death of season reported in Chicago, city health officials say

The health agency used the announcement to urge parents to vaccinate themselves to protect their children.

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A 1-month-old girl was found unresponsive October 29, 2021 in Forest Glen.

The state’s health department reported the first child flu death of the 2019-2020 season on Jan. 9, 2020.

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The season’s first pediatric flu-related death in Illinois has been reported in Chicago.

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced the death Thursday but declined to provide additional details, including the age or date of death, citing patient privacy.

The health agency said flu activity is currently at its peak.

“Nationally, this flu season has resulted in a higher number of pediatric deaths earlier in the season compared to previous years andchildren continue to be at high risk of developing seriousflu-related complications,” the health department said in the statement.

The health agency used the announcement to urge parents to vaccinate themselves to protect their children.

“The single best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is to get vaccinated,” CDPH Acting Commissioner Allison Arwady said in the statement.

Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months old and over.

Nationally. there have been 27 pediatric flu-related deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu nationally, the health department said.

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