A child from Yuma County is reported as the first pediatric influenza fatality of the 2023-2024 respiratory season, which began Oct. 1.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the first pediatric influenza death in Arizona,” said Diana Gomez, director of the Yuma County Public Health Services District. “We extend our deepest sympathy to the child’s family and friends. To protect the family’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time, no further information regarding the child will be released.”
Although the flu is a common illness, it can lead to complications including death. Children, especially infants under the age of 6 months, elderly adults, and those with underlying conditions are most vulnerable. Getting an annual flu shot can help protect you, your loved ones, and those around you from serious illness and hospitalization.
Last season, there were 182 pediatric influenza deaths nationwide, of which six deaths were Arizona residents.
The best way to be protected is by getting your flu shot. Flu shots are available at the Graham County Health Department and many local clinics throughout the Gila Valley and surrounding areas. Find a vaccine near you by visiting vaccines.gov.