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Marysville baby dies of flu complications

MARYSVILLE — A 5-month-old Marysville baby died Tuesday, Nov. 3, from influenza complications, Snohomish Health District officials reported.

The baby's cause of death is still unconfirmed, pending laboratory test results.

"We all grieve when the community loses a child," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of Snohomish Health District. "This little one had serious underlying health conditions, but that does not make the loss any easier for the child's loved ones."

The child's name was not released.

Goldbaum said in a statement that he urges caretakers of children younger than 6 months to get flu vaccinations. Pregnant women and children younger than 6 months are at a high risk of complications from influenza, he said.

Sixty-eight people have been hospitalized with the flu since the beginning of September, according to the health district.

For more information on seasonal flu and H1N1 flu, visit www.snocoflu.com.

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