Officials: First pediatric flu death reported to NJ Department of Health

Officials announced Tuesday that the first pediatric flu death in New Jersey this influenza season has been reported to the Department of Health.

"I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss," said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. For reasons of medical privacy, the Department did not release additional information.

According to officials, there is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot--especially health care workers--to get one. The Department of Health also recommends that people take the necessary precautions during this flu season: wash or disinfect your hands frequently, cover any coughs and sneezes, stay home and call your health care provider if you are sick (especially with a fever).

Residents can find flu vaccination clinics near them by calling their local health department or by visiting

Local health department contact information can be found on this site: