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First pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season confirmed in MI

First pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season confirmed in MI”

None of these are correct, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state says six children in the USA have died from the flu during the 2018-19 season. Flu vaccine is the best way to prevent against getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness. That's particularly important during the holidays when people are traveling to family gatherings.

People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is inactive and can not cause the infection.

Fifty-six percent of those who did not receive a shot cited what the survey called "a common misperception" about the vaccine to explain why they hadn't done so.

In Michigan, two children died a year ago due to flu-related complications.

Additional information on influenza-associated pediatric deaths including basic demographics, underlying conditions, bacterial co-infections, and place of death for the current and past seasons, is available on FluView Interactive. If you don't have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated.

This year's vaccine should be more effective than last year's because it's well matched to the circulating strains of flu, officials said. Of those specimens, 94.6% were influenza A, and 5.4% were influenza B. Of subtyped influenza A samples last week, 81.9% were H1N1, and 18.1% were H3N2. The vaccine is safe and effective.

In addition to shots, the nasal spray vaccine is back this year and can be a good alternative for kids who don't like getting shots, he said. If you do still get the flu you're 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

The top three reasons why they didn't want the shot were: bad side effects; thinking they'll get the flu from the shot; or thinking it doesn't work.

Health unit surveillance is showing just a few lab-confirmed cases of influenza per week so far this year - a fairly typical start to flu season. "Nothing frustrates me more than seeing science left on the shelf", he said.

Last year's flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe.



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