BOSTON (CBS) – A teenage boy from Middlesex County has died from a flu-related illness. The Mass. Dept. of Public Health confirms this is the fourth flu-related pediatric death of the season.
“This latest pediatric flu-related death underscores the seriousness of influenza and the need for everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Larry Madoff of the Mass. Dept. of Public Health. “Data suggests that we may be past the peak of the flu season, however, it is not over yet.”READ MORE: Pop-Up Clinic Held In Mattapan, Where COVID Vaccination Rate Remains Low Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
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There was one flu-related pediatric death in the state last season.