Milwaukee child dies of flu; health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot
A Milwaukee child has died of the flu, the Milwaukee Health Department reported Tuesday. The death is the first flu-related pediatric death in the city and the third in Wisconsin so far during the 2019-20 flu season, which began Oct. 1.
There also have been 400 residents hospitalized.
"We are incredibly saddened to learn that a child has died of complications related to influenza. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child's family during this difficult time," said Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik.
Paul Biedrzycki, former director of disease control and environmental health, said the city usually has one to three children die from flu-related illness in a severe influenza season.
It's not too late to get a flu shot, Kowalik said.
She added that she encourages everyone over 6 months old to get vaccinated "to protect yourself, your family and your community."
Last week, before the announcement about the Milwaukee death, the state reported that two Wisconsin children had died of flu since October. Officials also said 100 new hospitalizations around the state had been reported just Thursday morning.
Milwaukee residents seeking flu shots do not need an appointment to receive them at Keenan Health Center (8 to 11 a.m. Friday); Northwest Health Center (3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday) and Southside Health Center (3 to 6 p.m. Monday and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday).
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