Riverside County public health officials announced on Wednesday that a young 4-year-old child has died and the the child tested positive for influenza. It was the first pediatric-flu associated death in Riverside County this flu season. The child, who lived in Southwest Riverside County, was just 4 years old. He or she was not publicly identified.
“Our condolences go out to the loved ones who have suffered such a great loss. This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness,” said Dr Kaiser in a press release. “We continue to recommend community members get their flu shot. Get your flu shot and get protected.”
For those who have yet to be vaccinated, The CDC reminds you that it’s not too late to get your flu shot. The vaccination is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months old.
Twenty three people aged 64 or younger were linked to flu deaths in last years flu season in Riverside County. Nationally, 80,000 people in that age group died after contracting the virus.
More information about the flu, as well as where to get vaccinated in Riverside County, can be found at www.rivcoimm.org.