Florida child dies after contracting flu, state health officials confirm

Lynette PayneOct 19, 2018

The flu season officially began last week and Florida is already the first state to report the death of an unvaccinated child from the flu this year.

In early September, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents get their children vaccinated against the flu "as soon as it is available" and ideally before the end of October.

The survey also suggests 34 per cent of Edmonton residents who do not plan to get the flu shot said they feel it is unnecessary because they are healthy. "And of the children who died from the flu previous year, about half of them were perfectly healthy children".

Despite the delay, the Health Department said the spray will arrive in enough time to protect people from the flu. "There were a number of deaths previous year during the flu season and I'd like not to die from the flu". Again, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in, and people often get the vaccination during cold and flu season.

"This includes pregnant women, adults and children with chronic health conditions, and seniors".

Still, the "biggest message", said Webby, who is a member of the World Health Organization's flu vaccine composition group, is vaccination. And even if you think you're invincible, by getting vaccinated, you're also protecting the people around you: your children, your parents, and your co-workers.

Sedgwick County reported its first cases of the flu on Monday but said an increase in cases usually starts in December.

"Expecting mothers face a number of threats to their health and the health of their baby during pregnancy, and getting the flu is one of them", stated study co-author Allison Naleway.

The department says, the vaccine is the best defense against the flu.

Starting October 15, all Albertans older than six months were able to receive the flu vaccine free of charge through Alberta Health Services (AHS) locations and qualifying pharmacists and physician offices.

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