2 children die from flu-related sickness in Massachusetts

February 1, 2019

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — State public health officials say two children have died from flu-related illnesses in Massachusetts in the past week.

A 12-year-old Milford boy, identified by town officials as Aaron Zenus, died Wednesday after being treated at a hospital.

The state Department of Public Health says a girl who lives in Middlesex County also died this week. No other information was release about the girl’s case.

Officials say they are the first two pediatric flu-related deaths in the state this season.

One child death in Massachusetts was associated with the flu a year ago.

Public health experts say they consider the current flu season to be widespread and severe, but note preliminary indications show this year’s vaccine to be highly effective. They add it’s still not too late to get vaccinated.

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