Flu Shots are Safe, Free, and Important

Kenny Tucker
October 19, 2018

Florida health officials say a child is the first death in this flu season.

The child, who tested positive for influenza B, died sometime during the week of September 30, although privacy concerns prevent officials from saying exactly where, CBS affiliate WTSP reports.

Dr. Richard Webby, a WHO Vaccine Composition Team Member and member of the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, says this year's vaccine is an improvement from last year's.

For the first time in five years, the Grundy County Health Department will hold a drive-through, flu shot clinic Wednesday, October 17 from 10 to 1 o'clock.

According to the CDC, approximately 80 percent of these pediatric deaths were unvaccinated.

Getting a flu shot can reduce a pregnant woman's risk of being hospitalized from the flu by an average of 40 percent, according to a study coauthored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States and published on October 11.

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Last season, 336 people in IN died from flu complications.

"This includes pregnant women, adults and children with chronic health conditions, and seniors".

It also shows 30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy. "If you get the illness we want you to stay home, we want people to stay home, protect themselves get better". "We came down with the flu the same time Ian did".

They say the flu strains have been confirmed as type A (H1) and Type B (Victoria).

"The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with influenza", said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips, RN, MHA. The vaccine is widely available at doctor's offices and pharmacies and it take a couple of weeks to build immunity to the flu and the flu season has started.

More importantly, Dr Walters warns that babies under six months are among the most vulnerable, but they can't get vaccinated because they are too young.

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