Unvaccinated child dies from flu in Florida

Desiree Burns
October 16, 2018

The Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology on Monday announced that the unidentified Florida child tested positive for influenza B and died between September 30 and October 6.

Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months and older, unless otherwise directed by a physician.

Flu immunization clinics opened across the province on Monday morning and health officials say it's important for Albertans to get themselves and their families vaccinated early.

Sedgwick County health officials have received their first reports of influenza cases in the county and two people statewide have died from the flu. One outbreak was an unspecified strain of influenza and group A streptococcus — also known as strep throat. That was the most the state had experienced in three years.

Neither outbreak caused the reported death, Hillsborough County Office of Public Health Preparedness spokesman Kevin Watler confirmed. No other details were released.

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About 80,000 Americans, including 180 children, died last year in the deadliest flu season in more than 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This year's program, which will be carried out in two stages, is aimed at increasing the free vaccination coverage to 25 percent of the total population, the CDC said Sunday.

Vaccination rates dropped previous year, particularly among children, and health officials are urging Americans not to get complacent.

A Derry GP has issued a warning to older people to ensure they receive this year's flu vaccination after revealing that there has been "difficulties" with its supply.

There is no evidence to support fears that the vaccine could be harmful.

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