A second child has died in New York City of flu-related illness, as the city and nation cope with the worst flu season in nearly a decade, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said on Monday.
The child, an 8-year-old girl who lived in Elmhurst, Queens, was found unconscious at home on Monday morning and taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead, the police said.
The first child death of the flu season, which runs from October through May, occurred last month. Last season, six children in the city died of flu-related illness.
On Monday, officials reiterated the need for residents to take precautions.
“The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot,” the health department said in a statement. “We urge parents to protect themselves and their families by getting this potentially life-saving vaccine today. In addition to health care settings, flu vaccines are also available at pharmacies for children as young as two years old.