Health officials in Massachusetts confirmed the state's first pediatric treatment. influenza deaths of the season, others identifying the victim as being 12 years old Aaron Zenus, a seventh grade college student in Milford.

"It's a sad situation," Michael Walsh, Chairman of the Selectford Board of Milford, said the Milford Daily News. "Doctors and nurses have done everything they can. The community of Milford sends our family our most sincere prayers and wishes for you. "

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According to Walsh, Zenus had been in the hospital for four days before his death on Wednesday.

An email sent by school principal Kevin McIntyre to school and city officials confirmed the death on Thursday and announced that counselors and resources would be made available to students.

Department of State Health reported widespread and widespread influenza activity in their weekly Flu Update dated January 25th. She reported 5,693 confirmed cases of the virus since the beginning of the season, an increase of more than 2,000 last year.

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The virus has temporarily closed schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan and other states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza activity spread in at least 36 states, noting that school-age children are a group with a high rate of influenza. By January 19, the CDC had confirmed 22 pediatric deaths "associated with the flu".

The CDC said that between 6 and 7 million people had already been infected with the virus in early January, and pointed out that the first line of defense is the flu shot. Some patients who get the flu may have received the vaccine, but health officials said it could help mitigate the severity of the disease. The virus usually causes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Those most at risk for serious illness or complications include patients 65 years and older, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and children under 5 years of age.