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|State reports 4th child death from flu-related complications
National Influenza Activity
BOSTON -- State health officials have confirmed the fourth flu-related death of a child this year in Massachusetts.
The Department of Public Health says a 12-year-old girl from Worcester County died Sunday from flu complications, two days after a 15-year-old boy died in Newton from flu-related pneumonia.
There names were not made public because of medical privacy laws.
A 14-year-old from Middlesex County and 6-year-old from Suffolk County died during the first two days of March. Officials say they suffered from a number of health problems that likely contributed to flu complications.
This year's pediatric deaths from influenza were the first in Massachusetts since 2006.
Dr. Alfred DeMaria, the agency's director of communicable disease control, says the worst of the flu season is over.
If they don't give you much information I go by what is left unsaid.
|BOSTON (WBZ) She is the only child among those who recently died who did get the flu shot this year.|
|This year's vaccine did not protect against one of the most aggressive strains of the disease, which has contributed to the problem.|
|Manufacturers are already revamping the flu vaccine for next winter.|
|There have been nearly 11,000 confirmed cases of the flu here in Massachusetts so far this winter -- more than triple the number we had last year.|
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