Florida child dies after contracting flu, state health officials confirm

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

Unvaccinated child dies from flu in Florida

An unvaccinated child in Florida has become the first death of flu season, officials say.

Last flu season was one of the worst in decades.

The unidentified child was otherwise healthy before getting the flu, according to the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology.

More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot.

"With any medication or vaccine, people are going to have concerns", said Dr. Jean Moorjani, a board-certified pediatrician at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in a news release. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination. Not true. Flu vaccines contain either killed or weakened virus that are not capable of causing the flu. "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". "The flu shot is the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones".

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Dozens of gendarmes surrounded the area where the tragedy happened, as others attempted to contact the victim's next of kin. He was reportedly wearing bright clothing as he cycled through a well-known course. "He now faces trial and prison".

Despite the delay, the Health Department said the spray will arrive in enough time to protect people from the flu. "All of the components, whether it's the nasal or injectable vaccine, do not constitute the official flu virus".

'This is the season of respiratory viruses [so] people tend to catch other viruses at the same time [they] get the flu shot, and attribute it to the flu shot'.

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

She adds that there is a chance you can feel a bit weaker because 'your body is mounting a response to make antibodies against the flu virus, so there is a potential that you may feel weaker, but it should only be a couple of days, ' Dr Walters says.

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