Health officials say there has been another flu death, but would not reveal the age or where the child lived.
"I want to remind New Yorkers again that there is still time to get a flu shot. We urge parents to protect themselves and their families by getting this potentially life-saving vaccine today", a rep for the Health Department said in a statement.
Also at the news conference, the health commissioner confirmed that two children, Amely Baez, 8, of Corona, Queens, and another child, who authorities won't identify, died recently from flu complications in New York City. So far 6.5 percent of all clinic and ER visits this season have been flu-related.
"You've got to be extra cautious about germs and infections going around", Antoinette Millien said. Last season, 106 children around the country died from the flu; six of those deaths were in New York City.
The first child death of the flu season, which runs from October through May, occurred last month.
An eight-year-old girl who was having trouble breathing died Monday morning at Elmhurst Hospital.
With the flu spreading like wildfire, so too are the myths surrounding the virus and its vaccine. "It's made with killed or inactivated flu virus, so it can't give you the flu". You can call 311 to register a complaint or to find out where to get a flu shot.
Additionally, Dr. Max says don't be fooled if you're otherwise healthy.
"We are seeing an uptick in vaccinations being reported to the registry" of pediatric vaccination for flu, Dr. Bassett said. No matter what, it's best to get the shot. "So it's not safe playing that kind of roulette".
New York City is on course to have its worst flu epidemic in generations, according to statistics released by the health department on Tuesday.