New Hampshire announces its first pediatric COVID-related death

New Hampshire health officials say they have identified the state’s first child to die from complications related to COVID-19. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the pediatric COVID-19-related death occurred in September in another state. However, COVID-19 was not listed as the cause of death of the child until the final death certificate was recently completed. According to the DHHS, the child was too young to have been vaccinated against COVID-19. “We are all saddened by the loss here and extend our condolences to the family,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan in a statement. “It remains important for all of us to take steps to protect those who cannot yet be vaccinated, and those who are vulnerable and at risk of severe COVID-19.” The DHHS said about 25-30% of all new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire occur in people under the age of 18. New Hampshire health officials are encouraging anyone age 5 or older to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and anyone age 16 or older who has already completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series to booster dose to get the highest level of protection.

New Hampshire health officials say they have identified the state’s first child to die from complications related to COVID-19.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the pediatric COVID-19-related death occurred in another state in September. However, COVID-19 was not listed as the cause of death of the child until the final death certificate was recently completed.

According to the DHHS, the child was too young to have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We are all saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to the family,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan in a statement. “It remains important for all of us to take steps to protect those who cannot yet be vaccinated, and those who are vulnerable and at risk of severe COVID-19.”

The DHHS said about 25-30% of all new COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire occur in people under the age of 18.

New Hampshire health officials are encouraging anyone 5 years of age or older to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and anyone 16 years of age or older who has already completed a primary COVID-19 vaccination series to booster dose to have the highest level of protection.

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