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Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season

Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season”

Eighty-five percent of children who died from the flu then, had not received a flu shot. The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of health.

Free flu shots to uninsured adults age 19 and older and to children age 18 and younger with CHIP, Medicaid, Amerigroup, United Healthcare or Sunflower are available at the Division of Health clinic at 2716 W. Central, the release said.

The first Florida flu death of the season has been reported. One reason people believe this is that they get vaccinated in the fall and winter when other circulating viruses are causing cold and flu-like symptoms. The Tampa Bay Times reports both strains hit schools in Hillsborough County.

The virus that causes influenza spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing, as well as through direct contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces or objects, Maryland health officials say.

The department said 125,000 people received the flu shot past year through the province's publicly funded vaccination program. "Because information can come from so many places, from friends and family to the internet, it's important to talk to a doctor you trust to get credible information that is based in science and facts". The other was an unspecified flu-like disease. Flu shots are generally recommended for anyone age 6 months and older.

Here's a bit of good news from the survey: about 70 percent of the parents said that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect their child from the flu.

Indeed, if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the flu, it can still protect against the illness' severity.

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