Erie County Reports First Pediatric Influenza Death of the Season

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM EDT

By John Borsa

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) The Erie County Health Commissioner urged all parents to immunize their children from influenza following the death of a six-year-old girl from Erie County.

The girl died at Woman and Children's Hospital on Monday afternoon. Officials did not release her identity, but Eyewitness News has learned that she attended Saint Amelia School in Tonawanda where she was in first grade.

"My thoughts and condolences are with the family at this difficult time," Burstein said.

She said those very young and very old should get a flu shot.

"Our flu vaccine this year we know is very effective. It's 62 percent effective. It's not 100 percent but a lot higher number than zero," said Burstein, who called the girl's death the first pediatric flu death in Erie County this season.

A total of six children have died from the flu in New York State this season, as of late January, according to the state health department.