NEW JERSEY — A 4-year-old girl is New Jersey’s first pediatric flu-related death, state health officials said Tuesday.
The girl, whose name is not being released, died in December and had not received a flu shot, Health Department spokesperson Donna Leusner said.
At least 30 children nationwide have been killed by the flu this season, federal health officials said.
More than 4,000 people in New Jersey have had the flu this season. Of those patients, 18 have been considered as having severe cases, but most people who suffer from the flu will be better within two weeks.
The current flu season is shaping up to be one of the most aggressive on record and emergency rooms across the country are overwhelmed. Children and the elderly are considered to be especially at risk from the flu.
For more on the flu, visit CDC.gov here.