Alpena, Mich. — District Health Department #4 announced that a child in Alpena County has died from the flu.
This is the second flu–related fatality in Michigan this season. The first death was reported in Osceola County in December. District Health Department #4 is urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated. Last year, only 39 percent of Michiganders got the vaccine. The respiratory disease is contagious and caused by different strains of the influenza virus.
“Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent against getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness,” said DHD4 Medical Director Dr. Joshua Meyerson in a press release.
Vaccines are extremely important for children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, and any person with medical conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since 2009’s H1N1 pandemic.
To receive a flu shot, call the district health department at 1-800-221-0294. You can also contact your health care provider or local pharmacy.
No further information was provided on the child.