DHS confirms second child flu death in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed a second pediatric flu death in the state.

Health officials said the child was from southern Wisconsin.

“This is a tragedy,” said DHS Influenza Surveillance Coordinator Tom Haupt. “Any influenza death is a tragedy, especially a child, and we want to offer our sympathies to the family and relatives of this particular child.”

There have now been 31 flu deaths in the state this year.

DHS noted a significant increase in the flu, as there have been more than 500 hospitalizations in the state this week. 100 cases of hospitalizations were confirmed on Thursday morning alone.

Health officials said vaccinations are still the best means of protection and that it is not too late for a flu shot.

Over 40% of residents were vaccinated this year, a new record.