State records first pediatric flu death this season; Department of Health downgrades threat

Published 8:07 am Friday, April 12, 2019

By Nina Moini

MPR News/90.1 FM

State health officials said Thursday one child has died from the flu in Minnesota. It was the first pediatric flu death reported in the state this season.

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Officials haven’t released information on the age of the child or the region of the state where the flu-related death occurred.

Overall, the Minnesota Department of Health reports the flu has been downgraded from widespread to regional since the beginning of this month.

Health officials have said a weaker virus has been circulating than last season, when flu-related illnesses claimed five children in Minnesota.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that on average, approximately 8 percent of the U.S. population gets sick from flu each season.