KALAMAZOO, MI -- A Kalamazoo County child has been identified as the state's first pediatric flu death for the flu season between 2021 and 2022.
On Friday, April 15, employees of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the infant, who was no longer given age and gender, contracted influenza A/H3.
For the current flu season, state health officials estimate the death toll among at least 16 pediatric flu-related deaths across the country.
According to health leaders, influenza-like illnesses and hospitalizations have increased in Michigan recently. This is not the case at this time of year.
Everyone who is six months old should get the influenza vaccination, according to health officials.
According to MDHHS staff, most of Michigan's confirmed flu cases include the Influenza A/H3 virus. It may also cause severe flu infections in children as well as adults.
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