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The central government decided Wednesday to urge local governments to take measures to reduce the risk of flu-linked accidents, after at least 54 events involving people with flu — mostly children — were reported last season across the nation.

The adverse incidents, including fatalities due to falls, were reported among children who had taken influenza medicines. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will instruct local governments to take preventive measures against possible abnormal behavior by making sure windows and doors are securely locked when influenza patients are nearby.

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