4-year-old first to die from the flu in WC

The Westchester County Department of Health has confirmed the first flu-related death of the season after a 4-year-old boy died last Friday.

The boy, John Pippo, was attending pre-K at Barnard Early Childhood Center when he became ill last month and was hospitalized. He developed bacterial pneumonia, a common complication of the flu, and succumbed to the illness Friday.

The Heath Department confirms that Pippo had not received a flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone over 6 months old receive the vaccination every year to protect against the common strains of the flu.

The CDC says about 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of the flu, and 36,000 people die from it.

Doctors throughout the county say they have plenty of the vaccine for anyone who wants it.

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