Children Die in NYC's First Pediatric Flu Deaths of Season

Over the past 14 years, between zero and eight such deaths are reported to the city's health department each flu season.

An 8-year-old Queens girl was diagnosed with the flu on Sunday and prescribed Tamiflu - and by Monday morning she was dead, the second New York City child fatality from the virus in a week, sources told The Post.

The New York City Department of Health is speaking out after two children died from the flu.

So far this season, Queens is the hardest-hit borough with more than 4,000 lab-confirmed flu cases to date.

Flu shots are readily available at pharmacies, doctor's offices, hospitals and clinics across New York City, and are typically covered by insurance or provided at no cost.

"I want to remind New Yorkers again that there is still time to get a flu shot".

Torrey Jewett looks on as her roommate Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido Calif
Gregory Bull AP

To find a flu vaccine near you, visit: www.vaccinefinder.org. It can prevent the flu or lessen the symptoms.

That's 30% higher than the peak rate last year, and the highest number in at least four years.

While many healthy individuals who are infected with the flu will recover without issue, infants, toddlers, and those ages 65 years and older are at greater risk for developing serious complications. The CDC lists the following as warning signs of flu in children. Without the governor's order, pharmacists in NY state are not authorized to administer immunizations to anyone under the age of 18.

According to the website, if residents work more than 80 hours a year for an employer that has five or more employees, they can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year.

Patients are advised to stay home after having the flu until they've been without a fever for at least 24 hours. "Workers whose employers don't provide sick leave, or employers with questions about how to comply, should contact us by calling 311 or visit nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave".



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