"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says.
This time past year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since.
There have been high rates of children hospitalized across the country this year.
The dominating virus this flu season is H1N1, which tends to impact young healthy adults and children.
Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown.
Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.
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Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November.
The flu season is far from over though.
The Marion County Public Health Department offers low-priced flu vaccine at its district health offices.
Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older. Other recommendations to decrease the risk of spreading flu include coughing into your shirt sleeve and washing hands frequently and thoroughly.
If symptoms become severe - such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, extreme weakness, lips turning blue or passing out - go to emergency, say public health officials.