A second New Jersey child has died from the flu this season, state health officials announced Tuesday.
A 6-year-old girl from Hudson County died Monday at a hospital that confirmed it was from flu-associated illness, according to the state Department of Health.
The state’s first pediatric flu death this season was a 4-year-old girl from Central Jersey who died in December.
National experts are calling this flu season one of the worst in the last decade with confirmed cases and hospitalizations reaching pandemic proportions.
The flu, which can be easily spread from person to person through direct contact, on surfaces or droplets in the air, had caused 63 pediatric deaths nationally as of Feb. 3, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NJ.com reported that one day after the death of Nevaeh Hernandez, a kindergartner at Lincoln Elementary School in North Bergen, state officials confirmed her case was the second flu-related fatality.
The Department of Health did not confirm the 6-year-old girl’s identity. Officials said they are not releasing any additional information at this time.
Buckle up, New Jersey — this flu season is going to be a bumpy ride.
North Bergen Superintendent George Solter expressed condolences to the family in a post on the district’s Facebook page. He urged parents to keep sick children home from school if they had flu-related symptoms and said the school was taking cleaning and disinfectant precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.
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