Infant becomes Lexington's third flu-related death this season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Another flu-related death has been confirmed in Lexington. This time the victim was less than a year old.

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"Children who are younger than five but particularly who are younger than two are at high risk because their immune systems are still building, their bodies are growing," said Kevin Hall, spokesperson for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says this is the first pediatric flu-related death in Lexington this season and the third flu-related death in Lexington overall.

The previous two cases were in people older than 50 with underlying health issues.

According to Hall, Fayette County still has over 340 confirmed cases of the flu.

The number of flu cases in Kentucky continues to go up.

Hall says when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable to the flu, it really is is a group effort.

The more people that get their flu shots, wash their hands, and take good care of themselves during this time period will create a safer environment for the young kids and the older adults that are more susceptible to the flu.

Health officials are encouraging parents to teach their kids good hygiene practices at home.

That means covering your mouth when you cough and washing your hands for at least twenty seconds under warm water.

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