Child from Florida becomes first death of the flu season

Child from Florida becomes first death of the flu season

Indeed, this year's flu season has already killed at least one person: a child in Florida who was not vaccinated and had no underlying health problems.

The child, who has not been identified, tested positive for Influenza B and was not vaccinated. Eighty percent of the children who died had not received the flu shot.

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

The CDC said in a press release that as "pregnant women are at high risk of developing serious flu illness, including illness resulting in hospitalization", they are encouraged to get a flu shot.

Despite the delay, the Health Department said the spray will arrive in enough time to protect people from the flu.

Most flu deaths are among the elderly, children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. The agency estimates more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season, which typically runs from October through March in the United States.In DuPage County, 167 people were admitted to hospital intensive care units with flu-related complications during the 2017-18 season, which was up almost 100 cases from the previous year.

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Most pharmacies in the U.S. offer several FDA approved flu and vaccines. "Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and its potentially severe complications".

But Narula said that this first death of the child in Florida is the "wake-up call" that parents need to hear.

While not flawless, the best way to prevent catching one of the influenza viruses is with the seasonal flu vaccine.

The Department of Health and Community Services said the number of clinics will increase this year to help improve public access to the vaccine.

The time to get vaccinated against the flu is now. Flu symptoms include a fever that lasts 3-4 days, body aches, chills, tiredness, cough and headache.

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