Miss. has 1st pediatric flu death since 2009-2010

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi health officials say the state has confirmed its first pediatric influenza death since the 2009-2010 flu season.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said Friday that a child who died in north Mississippi had chronic underlying health conditions. The department did not release the child's age, hometown or date of death.

The department said a total of 11 pediatric flu deaths have been recorded in Mississippi since 2007. A pediatric death is defined as one of somebody who is 18 years old or younger.

Young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are at the greatest risk of developing flu-related complications.

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