- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County health officials say a child has died from the flu.

They say it’s the first pediatric influenza death in the county this year.

County Department of Public Health officials say the otherwise healthy child died from the H3N2 strain of influenza A.

The name, gender and age of the child wasn’t immediately disclosed Wednesday.

Experts say the H3N2 strain is associated with more serious illness in children and older adults and has mutated, making this year’s vaccine less effective against the strain.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

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