New Jersey Department of Health Reports Fourth Pediatric Flu Death This Season

A fourth New Jersey child has died from flu complications this season, Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal announced today.

The toddler, from northern New Jersey, died in a hospital early March and had several underlying medical conditions. To protect patient privacy, the Department will not be releasing additional information.

“I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child,” Commissioner Elnahal said. “We are still seeing high flu activity across the state. It’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and others who may not be able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.”

It is especially important for children, the elderly, health care workers and people with certain health conditions who are at high risk for serious flu complications to get vaccinated, Commissioner Elnahal emphasized. Influenza can cause severe illness and unfortunately can be deadly, especially in these vulnerable populations.

The Department also recommends that people take necessary precautions during this flu season: wash or disinfect your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home and call your health care provider if you are sick (especially with a fever).

Residents can find flu vaccination clinics by calling their local health department or by visiting

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  1. To avoid getting sick with the flu and some other illnesses, be smart and eat healthy. Fruits and vegetables, garlic, ginger, green tea, almonds and sunflower seeds are some items that will strengthen your immune system. Eating candy, drinking soda, and consuming other sugar-laden items will weaken your immune system, thereby making your more susceptible to illness.

    Wash your hands with soap when you come home, and before eating. Make sure that your children’s schools and your shuls have soap in the bathrooms, and that you have soap in your own bathrooms at home.

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