A 4-year-old boy in California recently died after testing positive for influenza, health officials said, adding that he had underlying health problems. Death Day marks the first pediatric flu-associated death of the season in Riverside County, according to a news release.
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"We should never forget that flu still kills," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health Officer, in the news release. " their flu every year, but a death so early in the flu season suggests that this year may be worse than usual. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones who are grieving. "
Influenza is an infectious respiratory virus that can cause mild to Severe illness in patients with severe infections resulting in hospitalization or even death Elderly patients, as well as young children or persons with certain health conditions are at high risk of developing serious complications. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for all over the age of 6 months for prevention.
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Health Ombudsman did not say whether the 4-year-old boy from Perris had received the flu shot before coming down with the virus.