Frontier remembers Hamburg boy who died from flu

"He was a wonderful young man that positively impacted all those around him"

WBEN Newsroom
January 13, 2020 - 9:23 am

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) - Frontier Central Schools released the following statement regarding the death of 11-year-old Luca Calanni due to the flu.

"Over the weekend, Frontier lost one of its young Falcons.  As has been reported by many news outlets, Luca Calanni passed away Saturday after complications from the flu.  He was a wonderful young man that positively impacted all those around him. Social workers and counselors will be available at all buildings, with an especially heavy presence at Pinehurst to assist both students and staff.

We have received numerous calls from local media for a comment, including questions about the flu.  Our top-notch nursing staff will act as a point of contact for any information parents request regarding the flu including handouts on flu facts. During this extremely difficult time, we ask for privacy for our Falcons and for Luca's family."

Calanni is the second child to die due to the flu this season. As of January 4, the CDC reported 32 flu-related deaths across the country.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein suggested that the current strain of flu may have mutated since the original vaccine was created during the last flu season. Despite this, she said the flu vaccine is still effective.

"We are seeing much more flu this season compared to other years," Burstein said.  "Of course, there are many strains of flus that cause severe illness, so that's why we want to urge go out and get a flu vaccine if you haven't already been immunized. If your children haven't been immunized yet, it's very important to talk to your pediatrician and talk to them about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine and really have that discussion and strongly consider getting a flu vaccine."

From 2010 to 2019 there were only two pediatric deaths in Erie County related to the flu. One child died in 2014 and the other died in 2017. Burstein said the numbers they receive do not count the number of adults that have died.

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