Wisconsin DHS confirms second pediatric flu death of season

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services confirmed Friday that a second child has died of influenza this season.

This is the second pediatric flu-associated death reported in the state this season. The state recorded its first pediatric flu death on Tuesday.

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The family of Ava Rae Schmidt, 14, of Suamico, shared that she passed away following a bout with Influenza A and Strep B. She was a freshman at Bay Port High School. A GoFundMe has been set up to support Schmidt’s family.

Everyone six months and older is urged to get the flu vaccine, especially those who are at greater risk of illness, those who are pregnant, people ages 65 and older and people with chronic health conditions.

You can find a place to get vaccinated by visiting vaccines.gov.

The DHS also recommended the following strategies to fight the spread of the flu, COVID-19 and RSV.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
  • Stay home and away from others if you feel sick.
  • Avoid being around others who are sick or have flu symptoms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and encourage children to do the same.
  • Wear a high-quality mask around others to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.