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
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.
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“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.