The child’s death brings to at least nine the total flu deaths in Washington for the 2015-2016 season.
A child has died of complications of the flu, health officials reported Wednesday.
That brings to at least nine the total flu deaths in Washington state for the 2015-2016 season and comes as reports of influenza-like illnesses are starting to climb locally and nationwide.
“Our hearts go out to the families of these individuals,” said Dr. Susan Turner, health officer for the Kitsap County Health District. “These tragedies remind us that influenza can be a very serious illness, especially in young children.”
No details about the child’s age or gender were immediately available.
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Turner stressed the importance of flu shots. Everyone aged 6 months and older should get a seasonal flu shot, according to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of Jan. 9, the most recent available figures show that flulike illnesses were elevated in four of 10 regions nationwide, but remained normal in the region that includes Washington state.
Eight flu deaths previously had been reported in Washington, mostly among the elderly and those with underlying illnesses.
Nationwide, seven children had died from complications of the flu as of Jan. 9, a total that doesn’t include the Kitsap County death.
Two strains of influenza A, H3N2 and H1N1, are circulating this season. Seasons in which H3N2 dominates are likely to be more serious, CDC officials say.