The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that a 12-year-old girl from the Twin Cities area died of apparent complications of influenza. It's the first reported death of a child from complications during the 2007-2008 flu season.
Health Department spokesman Buddy Ferguson didn't know what day the girl died, and wouldn't reveal where exactly she lived. He says the agency is coordinating with local public health offices in anticipation of increased demand for flu vaccinations.
He says there's likely to be some vaccine clinics set up around the Twin Cities starting Friday.
Ferguson says pediatric flu deaths are relatively rare, although there was an unusually high six deaths of children from influenza in the 2006-2007 flu season.