Flu victim identified as 4-year-old girl from Lowell

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Earlier this year, authorities confirmed a 4-year-old child from Framingham and 12-year-old Aaron Zenus, a middle school student from Milford, both died from the flu.

A 13-year-old Cleveland girl has died from the flu, the first such pediatric case in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cleveland Department of Public Health. During last flu season, two children died from flu complications, according to the county.

"H3N2 Influenza A was very, very prevalent previous year", Schmidt explains.

Last season, there was one flu-associated pediatric death in MA. The other deaths last week were four men -ages 82, 73, 62 and 56 - and all had underlying medical conditions. "Our condolences go out to the family", said Wilma Wooten, County public health officer.

Flu vaccines, protective barriers such as masks and increased disinfection of dialysis units during flu season could help protect kidney failure patients from potentially deadly influenza-like illnesses, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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The teen's death is the second pediatric fatal flu-related case in the state for the 2018-2019 season, health officials said.

Health officials say the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot vaccination.

Officials said the flu season began in September.

If you still haven't gotten your flu shot for this season, Schmidt still recommends getting vaccinated.

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