A fifth person in Boston has died from the flu— a child under the age of six, WHDH reported Friday.
The Boston news station had no further details but said city health officials had confirmed the death.
On Wednesday, during a press conference declaring a public health emergency in Boston, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, reported that four people had died already this season from flu-related complications. All four of the individuals were 65 years or older.
Residents in both age groups—over 65 and around five and under—are at particular risk to develop serious problems because of the flu, as are pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, Ferrer said.
Across Massachusetts, 18 deaths related to the flu have been identified as of this week, WHDH reported.
Health officials are offering more than 20 free flu clinics this weekend around the city. For a complete, updated list, visit the BPHC website.