DOH Announces First Pediatric Influenza Death of the Season
On Feb. 10, the Hawaii Department of Health announced that a state resident under the age of 18 has died of influenza. The child was hospitalized at the time of death and was the first death of a child from influenza during Hawaii’s flu season.
“We are especially saddened to announce the death of a child in our community. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this difficult time,” said Health Director Dr. Kenneth Fink.
“If you or your loved ones have not received the flu vaccine this season, I hope you will consider doing so,” he added.
The child’s death serves as a sober reminder that flu is circulating widely in Hawaii. Everyone six months of age and older should get their flu shots to be protected from influenza. Flu vaccines are widely available statewide at pharmacies, clinics and healthcare facilities.
For more information about flu vaccination locations, visit www.vaccines.gov. For information about influenza and other respiratory diseases, visit www.health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease-types/respiratory-viruses.