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Flu season’s first child death in Pinal County

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(KYMA, KECY) - The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) says Pinal County has its first child death due to influenza (flu).

ADHS says children under five years old who get the flu are the ones who are more at risk of complications such as pneumonia, worsening of chronic conditions, encephalopathy, and sinus and ear infections.

This includes older people and others with weakened immune systems who are at greater risk of several illnesses ADHS also mentions.

Although flu season usually peaks in Arizona between January and March, there seems to be an early start with rising cases.

To avoid the flu, influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations are available to those 6 months and older and can help prevent severe illnesses.

ADHS suggests keeping hands washed, staying home when sick, and maintaining physical distancing from people who are sick in your home to prevent viruses.

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