A 3-year-old child in Texas has been the first flu related death reported for the season this year.
The child was a female who passed away from influenza related symptoms.
This is the first confirmed death for the pediatric influenza in the U.S. according to the CDC.
Flu death of Texas child is just the start of the season
According to My Twin Tiers, the child died of respiratory symptoms. This was after she tested positive for the virus.
State officials out of Hidalgo County, Texas have confirmed that the symptoms were tied to her flu diagnosis.
The case was already suspected to be influenza related, but when it comes to children under age 12 it needs to be investigated.
The state will investigate to decide if the flu was a factor in the death or the cause for the death.
In 2021-2022 during influenza season there were a total of 39 pediatric flu deaths reported. The number could be higher.
The influenza is a virus that attacks the respiratory system and causes coughing, sore throat, body aches, and fever.
Last week the Rio Grande Valley was ranked as the number one region for flu activity.
Due to COVID-19 safety measures in place for the last two years, influenza has remained relatively dormant.
Now there is a major uptick of influenza cases and hospitalizations.
The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, regardless of health.
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