BOSTON – Health officials say a 12-year-old Boston boy is the state's first reported child flu death this season.
Dr. Anita Barry, director of the infectious disease bureau for the Boston Health Commission, said Tuesday there's no indication that the boy who died over the weekend had any underlying health problems.
School officials identified the boy as Hunter Pope, a seventh-grader at Boston Latin Academy.
The boy's mother, Tess Pope, tells the Boston Herald that he was not vaccinated because he lost his permission slip.
State Public Health Department spokesman John Jacob said four Massachusetts children died from the flu last season.
The federal Centers for Disease Control reports four children nationwide have died from flu through Feb. 7.
In New York, state health officials said Tuesday it appears the flu caused the death of a 10-year-old Long Island child.