Third pediatric flu death confirmed by state health officials

A third New Jersey child has died from influenza complications this season.

The infant from Northern New Jersey died in late January and “had several underlying conditions,” according to the state Department of Health.

Officials say the child was not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of this young child,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “There is high flu activity in the state, so it’s important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot to get vaccinated, especially children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions who are at high risk for serious flu complications.”

State health officials say they will not be releasing additional information in order to protect patient privacy.

The death comes less than a week after the health department announced a second flu-related pediatric death of a North Jersey toddler.