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Yuma County reports first pediatric flu death in Arizona this season

Nov 14, 2023, 4:25 AM | Updated: 7:15 am

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PHOENIX — Yuma County reported the state’s first pediatric influenza death of the 2023-2024 respiratory season, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Monday.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the child’s family and friends. To protect the family’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time, no further information regarding the child will be released,” Diana Gomez, director of the Yuma County Public Health Services District, said in a press release.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness. It can also lead to death in some cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children, especially infants under the age of 6 months, elderly adults and those with underlying conditions are most vulnerable.

The annual respiratory season started Oct. 1.

AZDHS recommends an annual flu shot for protection.

Last season, there were 182 pediatric flu deaths nationwide. Six of those deaths were Arizona residents, according to AZDHS.

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Yuma County reports first pediatric flu death in Arizona this season