Health officials report first child flu death in N.C.

NORTH CAROLINA - An infant from eastern North Carolina is the state's first child to die from the flu during the 2013-2014 season.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the infant died on Monday due to complications associated with the flu. Officials are not releasing the infant's name, hometown, county or sex to protect the family's privacy.

Health officials said the infant was too young to receive the flu vaccination.

Last week, health officials reported 21 deaths associated with the flu. Of those, 19 were young and middle-aged adults, most of whom had underlying medical conditions. Only two deaths have been reported in persons older than 65.

Since flu season typically peaks during January and February, DHHS is encouraging North Carolinians to take precautions. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, health experts recommend washing hands often with soap and water, and staying away from others who may have the flu.

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