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Third pediatric flu death confirmed in Arizona for 2019-20 flu season

Posted at 8:27 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 11:33:27-04

Arizona has experienced its third pediatric flu death in the 2019-2020 flu season, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The first two pediatric flu death cases of the season tested positive for the B/Victoria strain of influenza, while the newest case tested positive for the A strain.

The first pediatric flu death was reported in December, while the second death was reported in February.

Confirmed flu cases are nearly double what they were at this time last flu season, according to data from ADHS.

No child deaths from the virus were reported last season, according to officials. Three children died in 2017 in Maricopa County, but the ages are unknown.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health operates three childhood immunization clinics for infants to 19 year olds. You can find locations here.

You can also see what ages the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get vaccinated here.