A North Carolina child who died after suffering from the flu has become the state's first victim of the illness this season.
The state's Department of Heath and Human Services said Tuesday that a 6-year-old child died Monday of complications from an influenza infection. The child's hometown and name were not released to protect the family's privacy.
The department said the child had not received a flu vaccine this season.
The department said at least one or two children in North Carolina die every year from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that all children aged 6-months-old to 18-year-old be vaccinated against the flu.
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