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

Flu shot debate heats up following first flu related death

The department said 125,000 people received the flu shot previous year through the province's publicly funded vaccination program.

- The Maryland Department of Health confirms the first cases of the flu in the state for the 2018-2019 influenza season.

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

The agency's flu surveillance report did not say in which counties the deaths occurred. One was an unspecific strain and the other was strep throat. Both outbreaks hit schools.

The virus that causes influenza spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing, as well as through direct contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces or objects, Maryland health officials say.

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.

30 percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy.

"While you may not get your flu jab as early as in previous years it is important that you still get it when invited as it will give protection".

28 percent of parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.

Indeed, if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the flu, it can still protect against the illness' severity. She also said that the flu shot is free for anyone six months or older. Approximately 80 per cent of those who died were not vaccinated. "Doctors recommend it because we know - based on science, research and facts - that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu".

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