By Mark Hallum
An 8-year-old LeFrak City girl died early Monday morning from the flu, according to multiple reports, after physicians visited her home because she was having trouble breathing.
She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she died at around 6:30 a.m., CBS reported.
“The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the devastating effects this illness can have on people of all ages. The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot. We urge parents to protect themselves and their families by getting this potentially life-saving vaccine today,” the city’s Health Department said in a statement. “In addition to health care settings, flu vaccines are also available at pharmacies for children as young as two years old. People with a compromised immune system, children, pregnant women and those aged 65 and older who develop influenza-like symptoms should seek medical care as early as possible. For more information about where to get vaccinated, New Yorkers can call 311, visit nyc.gov/
Although officials did not confirm it was the flu, they said the girl had flu-like symptoms.
According to ABC7, the medical examiners office conducted an autopsy and said “death indicates the circumstances and cause were natural.”
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