First NJ Child Death Confirmed from Flu Season

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State health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shots following confirmation of the first child death in the state associated with the flu season.

The New Jersey Department of Health announced on Tuesday, January 8th, that the child from Central Jersey died late last month.

The department did not release on further information on the child, and officials stated they are deeply saddened for the family who experienced an unthinkable loss.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 80,000 people died nationally, including 180 children, during last year's flu season.

This year's flu season began in late October and is expected to last through March.

Officials are also urging residents to stay home if they are sick.

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