Pierce County child dies from flu complications, officials say

Pierce County child dies from flu complications, officials say
A flu shot being administered in Washington (KIRO 7)

TACOMA, Wash. — A Pierce County child younger than 5 has died from flu-related complications, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced Monday.

Officials said the child had underlying health concerns that increased the risk of death.

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The flu-related death is the second reported in Pierce County during the 2019-2020 season.

“Sadly, flu strains currently in circulation this season have hit the very young hard,” said Communicable Disease Control Division Director Nigel Turner. “When you get a flu shot, you strengthen the circle of protection around people who may be vulnerable to complications from the virus,” he said.

Children 5 or younger are among those most at risk for flu complications, health officials said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 19 other children age 5 or younger have died because of the flu this season.