New York State reports first pediatric death from the flu this season

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - New York State has reported its first influenza-associated pediatric death this season.

The death was confirmed by the Wadsworth Center-- the state's public health lab. 

To protect the family's privacy, the New York State Department of Health would only confirm that the death occurred downstate.

The State DOH urges all New Yorkers older than 6 months to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Over the past week, cases of influenza rose by 37 percent, and new cases of influenza were reported in 61 of New York's 62 counties.

The flu has been deemed "geographically widespread" in the state. 

As of Jan. 6, 11,280 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 3,606 people have been hospitalized with influenza in New York State this season.

During last year’s flu season, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations and eight pediatric deaths in New York. 

Over the last four years, there have been a total of 25 pediatric flu deaths in New York State and an average of 10,571 flu-related hospitalizations a year.

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