The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the second pediatric influenza death of the 2016-2017 season. The individual lived in South Mississippi. Pediatric deaths are classified as persons under the age of 18.
The first reported death was confirmed in January. The person lived in Central Mississippi.
In total, there have been 16 pediatric flu deaths in Mississippi since it became reportable in the 2007-2008 season.
“While our typical peak flu season in Mississippi has now passed, flu can occur year-round, even during the warmer months,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “We know, unfortunately, that influenza infections can lead to serious complications and in some cases, death, even for healthy children and young adults.”
The best way to prevent the flu, is to receive the seasonal vaccine. It is available to anyone six months of age and older.