Year-Old Haverhill Girl Dies After Flu Diagnosis

Simone Groper receives a flu shot at a Walgreens phramacy

Health officials confirmed that a Haverhill girl's death is the first "influenza-associated" pediatric death in MA this year.

The Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that it confirmed the child from Essex County died as a result of the flu.

"This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people, " Monica Bharel, the state's public health commissioner, said in a statement.

The agency did not offer additional details on the child.

The six-year-old student, whose name WHAV is withholding at the family's request, passed away on Monday. "Every flu season is different, but every flu season is bad".

Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully said school facilities will be scrubbed as a precaution against the spread of the virus.

The Public Health Department says 250 to 1,100 MA residents die annually from flu-related complications.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 63 flu-related child deaths in the US this season.

Somewhere between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die on an annual basis from complications of influenza.

State officials said a total of 63 influenza-associated pediatric deaths had been reported nationwide as of February 3.

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