Aurora 3-year-old is first child to die from flu in Illinois this season; health officials urge vaccine - Chicago Tribune
Chicagotribune.com - Fri 11 Jan 00:14 GMT

Aurora 3-year-old is first child to die from flu in Illinois this season; health officials urge vaccine - Chicago Tribune

Kane County health officials are urging people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died from flu-related complications at an Aurora hospital.

  Kane County health officials are urging people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died from flu-related complications last month at an Aurora hospital.

  The Aurora child is one of 13 pediatric deaths nationwide this flu season, and is the first flu-related death in Illinois this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

  Carpentersville 5-year-old dies of flu complications: 'She was the most loving, beautiful girl' » “Probably hundreds and thousands of kids get the flu, and I think even some kids at her school had the flu,” Russell said about the 3-year-old who recently died.

  The Centers for Disease Control reports children younger than 5 years old — and especially those younger than 2 years old — are at high risk of serious flu-related complications due to their limited immune system.

  During the 2017-18 season, 185 children died of flu complications in the United States, officials from the Centers for Disease Control said.