Amid flu season, tragedy has sadly struck a Connecticut family with young children. 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi died Sunday, January 14th after contracting the flu.
According to TODAY, the young boy became sick when traveling with his hockey team in New York. The 4th grader was reportedly heading to a tournament.
Nico was diagnosed with Influenza B before he suddenly passed away. This specific type of flu can lead to complications of pneumonia and sepsis, which overwhelms the immune system, reported NBC New York.
However, doctors say it is unclear if the flu is what actually caused the boy’s death. Nico’s medical history is also unknown (ie: if he received the flu shot, other health complications).
New York, where Nico was traveling at the time that he became sick, is one of several states confirmed to have “high activity” during this flu season. Other states with high flu activity include Colorado, Texas, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and several others.
Unfortunately, Nico’s older brother Joey Mallozzi has also been hospitalized after testing positive for the flu. Joey is only 12 years old.
This sad news comes shortly after a 21-year-old fitness buff also died after contracting the flu.
TODAY stated that it is too early to tell how bad this year's flu season will be, but it has already led to the death of at least 20 children. Flu season peaks in February, so it is possible that this number will increase.
The flu vaccination is only partially effective, but it can help lessen the severity of symptoms. For more information about flu prevention and cures, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Please keep this family in your prayers. In breaking news, several elementary school students were hospitalized after eating “laced” candy.