1st child has died of flu this season in Florida, state reports

Influenza immunisation campaign launched

However, rates of vaccinations are going down, and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the dip was partly to blame for the record-high death toll from flu previous year - 80,000 people.

The child, whose age and hometown has not been disclosed, died between September 30 and October 6 of influenza B, ABC reports. Women who got vaccinated are also saving their children from the flu before and after birth.

The health unit this week announced six community clinics, 33 Sarnia-Lambton pharmacies, and various primary care practitioners will be offering influenza inoculations soon.

Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with certain medical conditions are most at risk for suffering flu-related complications - some of which can lead to hospitalization or death, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

It's that time of year, the weather is getting colder and the flu season is starting to kick in.

According to the CDC, approximately 80 percent of these pediatric deaths were unvaccinated.

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Adding pharmacies in addition to traditional locations (physicians' offices, hospitals) in a more severe epidemic could potentially mitigate up to nearly 24 million symptomatic cases of influenza and could provide cost savings of up to nearly $3 billion in direct medical costs, the authors wrote in Vaccine. Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season.

"Unfortunately, there already has been a child that has passed away from the flu from this season and it was known to be an antigen "B" that the child passed away from", she said. 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. The side effects of the flu are a stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, headache and muscle weakness.

There are various flu vaccines available for the 2018-19 season.

When it comes to the conventional flu shot, the CDC makes no "preferential recommendation" between the vaccine that protects against three flu strains and the vaccine that protects against four flu strains. This is especially crucial because babies under the age of six months can not get flu shots. It is the most effective tool we have.

The time to get the flu vaccine is now.

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