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NC Reported First Flu Child Death

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North Carolina has reported the first child death from flu since the 2009 H1N1 strain was first reported in the U.S. last spring.

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The child died Saturday, Sept. 19, of complications from an influenza infection. (To protect the family’s privacy, the child’s hometown, county, age and sex are not being released.) Although the influenza test was not specific for 2009 H1N1, this strain accounts for more than 99 percent of all flu currently circulating in the state and the country. This child’s death is likely due to infection with the 2009 H1N1 strain. The child was at risk for complications from the flu because of underlying medical conditions.

“This is always a difficult announcement to make,” State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel said. “We hope that making people aware of this tragic case will remind others to be vigilant about protecting themselves and their children.”

Most healthy children and adults who get the flu will recover without needing to see a doctor, but it is important that people contact their doctor right away if they are ill and at high risk for flu complications or have more severe flu symptoms.