MDHHS reports first pediatric flu death in state

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that a child from the Upper Peninsula has died after catching the flu. (MGN)

LANSING, Mich. --The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that a child from the Upper Peninsula has died after catching the flu.

There have been more than 50 flu-related deaths reported across the United States during the 2017-2018 flu season.

This flu season has seen some of the highest hospitalization rates ever recorded according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than three quarters of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H3N2 virus.

This virus can cause severe flu infections in children, as well as in young- and middle-aged adults.

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