King County reports first child flu death of the season

This is the first childhood flu death reported in King County and Washington state this season and the first in the county since the 2019-2020 flu season.

SEATTLE — The Seattle & King County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reported Wednesday its first childhood flu death for the 2022-2023 flu season.

The Department of Public Health said an elementary school-age child died on November 13 from complications from the flu. This is the first childhood flu death reported in King County and Washington state this season and the first in the county since the 2019-2020 flu season.

The Department of Public Health said it has seen an early and rapid increase in flu this year compared to previous seasons. The department said the death came at a time of increasing hospitalizations for respiratory viruses among children locally and nationally.

“It is tragic to lose a child to illness, and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of this child,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin.

The Department of Public Health is urging residents to get seasonal flu shots and updated COVID-19 vaccines as the holiday season begins.

“Now is a good time for children and adults to get their annual flu vaccine if not already, and to take steps to protect those at higher risk, including staying away from others when we are sick,” Duchin said.

So far this flu season, the Washington State Department of Health has reported four flu-related deaths in adults. As of the 2019-2020 season, there have been 140 flu-related deaths reported in the state.

The ministry has shared these guidelines to help prevent illness and protect the most vulnerable

  • Flu shot: Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year
  • COVID booster: Everyone age five and older who received a COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago is eligible and will receive an up-to-date booster
  • Wash your hands often
  • Wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when in indoor public spaces
  • If you are sick – even if you test negative for COVID-19 – stay home

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Edmund DeMarche

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