Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season

Derry GP urges older people in the city to ensure they receive the flu vaccination this year after difficulties emerge with its supply

"The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people.", Webby said.

A new survey suggests that many children may not be getting the potentially life-saving flu shot due to their parents' misconceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines. So even if you've never had the flu before or you think you're too healthy to get it, don't gamble because your luck may eventually run out. More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from the flu previous year were also unvaccinated.

The first Florida flu death of the season has been reported.

State officials said those outbreaks did not cause the child's death. "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". "However, each year people get sick with the flu".

For the 2018-19 flu season, two deaths in Kansas have already been directly attributed to influenza as of Monday, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports.

28 percent of parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism. She also said that the flu shot is free for anyone six months or 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.

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

Regional health authorities will begin to host public flu shot clinics starting October 22, including at community health offices.

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