City health officials confirm two pediatric flu deaths

The CDC says the peak of the flu season is not here yet, and that the season will not end until May.

The death of an 8-year-old girl in Queens on Monday has been deemed flu-related, authorities said.

Over 2,000 New Yorkers died from the flu and pneumonia, a common flu-related complication, in 2015, the past year with records available, according to a release from the New York City Health Department.

Nationally the number of hospitalizations for the flu is the highest seen since health officials started recording this data in 2010, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Doctors say getting the shot is the best way to keep the flu away.

Two kids have died of the flu so far this season.

The severity of this year's flu season can be observed through the stark increase in emergency room visits for flu-like symptoms. There are more than 36,800 confirmed flu cases overall.

Though only offering an approximately 30 percent efficacy rate, getting vaccinated remains the most effective way of preventing the flu.

Last flu season, six flu-related pediatric deaths were reported in New York City, among 106 nationwide.

"New Yorkers don't have to choose between their paycheck and caring for themselves or their loved ones if they have the flu - they have the right to sick leave", said Salas. "Workers whose employers don't provide sick leave, or employers with questions about how to comply, should contact us by calling 311 or visit nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave".

Employers are also mandated to carry over up to 40 hours of paid sick leave from the previous calendar year.

Officials also urged New Yorkers to stay home if they're sick, citing the paid sick days law, which requires employers to give up to five paid days off a year.

  • Santos West