DHH: Second child's death from flu confirmed

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Posted: Jan 31, 2014 6:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 31, 2014 6:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Health officials in Louisiana said a second child's death due to the flu has been reported in the state.

The Department of Health and Hospitals said this second death happened in southeast Louisiana. The first was in northwest Louisiana.

DHH said since Oct. 1, lab tests have confirmed 46 deaths due to the flu in Louisiana. Health officials said there are still many flu-related deaths which happen each year and aren't directly attributed to the flu, and the CDC estimates that there could have been up to 500 deaths in the state so far this season.

"The flu shot is your best protection," said J.T. Lane, assistant secretary for Public Health. "It's not too late to vaccinate. Once you get the shot, it takes about 7-10 days to be fully protected. This year's vaccination will protect against the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus."

You can find more information about the flu in Louisiana, visit the Department of Health and Hospital's website.

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