February 13, 2018
HAVERHILL, Mass. —
Health officials have confirmed the first flu-related pediatric death in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the child was under the age of 10 and lived in Essex County. Newscenter 5 has learned that the child is a 6-year-old girl who we learned died this week in Haverhill. The Essex District Attorney’s Office said Delilah Lovelace’s death was medical in nature.
“This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. “Every flu season is different, but every flu season is bad. This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the Commonwealth to get sick.’’
As of Feb. 3, the CDC has reported a total of 63 flu-related pediatric deaths nationwide. So far, there have been more than 8,000 confirmed flu cases in the state this season.
To stop flu from spreading, DPH recommends that people do the following: