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Flu kills two kids on east side of state, first cases of the year

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 09:47:41-05

MICHIGAN — The flu has killed two children as the respiratory illness spreads across the state, it's the first two influenza pediatric deaths on record for 2019-2020.

Influenza B. claimed the lives of those children, from Shiawasee and Wayne counties, with 32 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported nationally during the 2019-2020 season. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this tragic news Friday, urging residents to get vaccinated for protection against the virus.

“I urge all Michiganders ages 6-months and older to get their flu shots if they have not already done so this season. It is not too late,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for heath for MDHSS.

Flu is a contagious respiratory disease, claiming the lives of 34,200 people last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Michigan, four children died last year due to flu-related complications.

With regards to the most recent deaths, these cases will continue to be investigated by state and local public health agencies.