Officials say a child is first to die in Florida flu season

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

The flu season officially began last week and Florida is already the first state to report the death of an unvaccinated child from the flu this year.

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.

As we head into the heart of flu season, Dr. Mallika Marshall provides the facts you need to know to keep you and your family safe.

The unidentified child was otherwise healthy before getting the flu, according to the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology. One outbreak was an unspecified strain of influenza and group A streptococcus — also known as strep throat. The Tampa Bay Times reports both strains hit schools in Hillsborough County.

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. For example, 30-percent of parents believe the flu shot is a conspiracy and nearly as many believe that it causes autism. "Get a flu shot; wash your hands; cover your cough, clean and disinfect surfaces and stay home if you become ill".

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28 percent of parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.

"By getting the flu shot, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others who could have life-threatening complications from catching the flu", McGrath said.
"However, each year people get sick with the flu".

The CDC is urging everyone older than six months old to get vaccinated now.

"People die of the flu every year so please get your vaccination".

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