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The child, who died sometime between September 30 and October 6, tested positive for influenza B. He or she did not have any "known underlying medical conditions", the department said, adding the child's death marks the first flu-associated pediatric death of the 2018-19 season.

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.

Approximately 80 percent of those who died were not vaccinated.

The child tested positive for influenza B, the state report said.

"The department encourages everyone six months of age and older to get the flu shot, especially those at increased risk for complications from the flu", said a statement from Health and Community Services.

However, neither outbreak caused the pediatric flu death, Kevin Watler, a spokesperson for the Department of Health's Hillsborough County office, told the Tampa Bay Times.

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The vaccination campaign started on Monday for the public and will last until the end of the flu season.

"Flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes, even death". Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season. Pregnant women should also be sure to get the vaccine, doctors say, since research shows the baby they're carrying will also benefit after birth.

The 2017-28 flu season was one of the deadliest in recent memory.

"It's hard to predict how badly an influenza season will be, just because the strains do change and can change over time and it's hard to predict when an influenza season will start", explained Sikora, who is AHS' acting senior medical officer of health. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year. It is the most effective tool we have.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing, and sore throat.

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