Michigan Confirms First Child Death From Flu This Season

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A child in southeast Michigan has died from the flu, making it the state’s first confirmed adolescent death from the virus this season.

“The death was in an adolescent in the southeast region of Michigan and it’s from a confirmed influenza A virus,” said Jennifer Smith, with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH is not releasing any identifying details about the child.

Meantime, at least a dozen adults have died due to the flu this season in Michigan.

Smith says it looks like Michigan is coming off its flu peak, but warned of later upticks or strains.

Health officials say just 41 hospitalizations from the flu were reported in the week that ended Jan. 10. That’s down from 140 new hospitalizations two weeks earlier.

However, Smith said, “That doesn’t mean we couldn’t see an uptick later in the season,  but it does suggest are coming off the peak of the season.”

It’s still not too late to be vaccinated this season. The CDC still recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot.

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