OMAHA, Neb. — Health officials say a 5-year-old child in Nebraska has died from influenza as an outbreak of the respiratory viral illness blankets the country.

In a news release received Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the death, saying the child was from central Nebraska. It marks the state’s first pediatric death from the flu this season.

Since October, 22 people have died from the flu in Nebraska.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 30 children have died nationwide from flu this season.

The department recommends flu shots for people 6 months and older.