Michigan, Arkansas confirm 1st pediatric flu deaths

Arkansas and Michigan reported their first pediatric flu-related deaths of the 2018-19 season.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported the death of a child under age 4 on Dec. 21, according to THV11. Health officials did not disclose whether the child received a flu shot.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also reported a pediatric flu death Dec. 21. The child, infected with influenza A, had not received a flu shot this season, reports The Detroit News. Health officials did not release the child's age or gender due to privacy concerns.

The deaths mark the sixth and seventh pediatric flu deaths nationwide for the 2018-19 season. Last flu season, the CDC received 185 reports of pediatric flu deaths in the U.S.

More articles on clinical leadership and infection control:

7 insights on how 'less-than-perfect' organs can save lives
How this Chicago hospital's nurses make hand hygiene fun
'Alarming' levels of drug-resistant bacteria found in ICU patients, study says

Copyright © 2024 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.


Featured Whitepapers

Featured Webinars