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Wisconsin health officials announced that a child has died from the flu in the southeastern part of the state.

Even more surprising is the strain of flu infecting most people: It's influenza B, a flu strain that normally appears in March or April, Burstein said.

During the last five flu seasons, only one influenza-related death occurred among children in Idaho, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The traditional flu season runs through May.

"We had an early season where Influenza-B came around and now we're starting to shift over to Influenza-A which has a lot more symptoms than B", Winton says, a trend he points out is being seen across the country.

With regards to the most recent deaths, these cases will continue to be investigated by state and local public health agencies.

State health officials said the child was under 10 years old, became very sick quickly and passed away on the ride to the hospital.

Spear says just in case your kids bring home the flu, it's best to have a plan B to keep it there. State officials say that so far, 622 people have been hospitalized for the flu and flu-related complications.

"We've got a kind of smorgasbord of the respiratory viruses out there now", said Skowronski.

Influenza is a viral infection that spreads easily from person to person, mainly by coughing, sneezing, and poor hand hygiene. The agency now recommends that some children aged 6 months to 8 years receive two doses of the vaccine, spaced at least four weeks apart. "Persons with the flu should get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid close contact with other persons, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth".

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