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2nd Wisconsin child dies from flu

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A second pediatric flu death of this year’s season has been reported in Wisconsin.State health officials made the announcement Thursday during a conference call with reporters.They said there have been more than 500 patients hospitalized with the flu so far this season.Officials said 33 percent of patients tested were positive for flu and 100 patients were hospitalized Thursday alone.Doctors do not believe the flu season has peaked yet.Demographic information about the child who died from the flu has not been released.Officials have not said if the child was vaccinated.A child under 10 years old died of the flu in January.That child got sick very quickly and died on the way to the hospital, state health officials said.The first child who died from flu had recently moved from another state to southeastern Wisconsin.It’s unclear if that child was vaccinated. Health officials remind people that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.”If your child has not been vaccinated, they’re obviously at higher risk, especially under 5 years old,” state epidemiologist Tom Haupt said.Parents are urged to seek medical help quickly if symptoms become worse.WISN 12 News is gathering more information on this breaking story.

A second pediatric flu death of this year’s season has been reported in Wisconsin.

State health officials made the announcement Thursday during a conference call with reporters.

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They said there have been more than 500 patients hospitalized with the flu so far this season.

Officials said 33 percent of patients tested were positive for flu and 100 patients were hospitalized Thursday alone.

Doctors do not believe the flu season has peaked yet.

Demographic information about the child who died from the flu has not been released.

Officials have not said if the child was vaccinated.

A child under 10 years old died of the flu in January.

That child got sick very quickly and died on the way to the hospital, state health officials said.

The first child who died from flu had recently moved from another state to southeastern Wisconsin.

It’s unclear if that child was vaccinated.

Health officials remind people that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

“If your child has not been vaccinated, they’re obviously at higher risk, especially under 5 years old,” state epidemiologist Tom Haupt said.

Parents are urged to seek medical help quickly if symptoms become worse.

WISN 12 News is gathering more information on this breaking story.

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