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MILWAUKEE - Officials with the Department of Health Services reported the first pediatric influenza death for the 2014-15 flu season Wednesday.

In Wisconsin, deaths from influenza are reportable only if they are pediatric deaths, according to a release.

A child in Milwaukee died from complications related to influenza, officials said.

“Seasonal influenza is not life-threatening for most people; however, this is a serious disease that can be especially dangerous for children, older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems and those with chronic health illnesses,” State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in the release. “It is still important to get a flu shot to help protect yourself and your friends and loved ones who may be at high risk for complications from the flu.”

The flu shot can reduce the severity of flu symptoms among those who get the flu, and reduce rates of hospitalization and death, according to the release. Flu season in Wisconsin is generally from late October through May, with peak activity around late January or early February.

Officials report 1st flu-related death for 2014-15 season

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