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Second Minnesota child dies of influenza complications

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL (AP) - The state Health Department says a second child has died from complications of influenza this season.

The Minnesota Department of Health says a 5-year-old girl in the Twin Cities metro area died after being infected with influenza B. A 12-year-old girl who died in late February was infected with the A strain.

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Officials say the 5-year-old had received a flu shot, but not until after she became sick.

Kristen Ehresmann, immunizations manager at the Health Department, says it's not too late to get a flu shot.

She says the child's death doesn't necessarily mean children are at a higher risk this year.

The Health Department says 32 pediatric influenza-related deaths had been reported nationwide as of March 1.

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