The Hawai'i State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the state's first flu-related pediatric death during the current flu season. The individual was a 4-year-old female who passed away in a Honolulu hospital on Jan. 20.
"This is an uncommon and tragic death," said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. "Not every child will become this seriously ill from the flu; however, it is a wakeup call for everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu. The flu vaccine is still the best method of protection and recommended for everyone six months of age and older."
Flu activity in Hawai'i is still considered low when compared with Mainland states. Information on where to get a flu vaccination is available at www.flu.hawaii.gov/VaccineLocator.html or by calling 2-1-1.
Other methods for reducing the spread of flu include: washing hands often with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home when you are sick.
For more information on the flu, go to: flu.hawaii.gov.