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


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.

At least eight children in Florida died during the 2017-18 flu season, which was said to be the worst in decades.

For years, doctors have stressed the importance of vaccinating adults and children against the flu.

An unnamed child who tested positive for influenza B died between September 30 and October 6, the Florida Department of Healths Bureau of Epidemiology announced in a report about the first week of flu season. "There's no reason to be nervous about getting your children vaccinated against the flu", Adalja says.

The new national survey of 700 parents suggests a reason: 47 percent fear it could be unsafe, and 66 percent believed it could be futile for their children.

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28 percent said flu caused autism. Rock suggested that your overall health is key to fighting off viruses, saying that making sure your immunizations are up to date, eat healthily, get enough rest and covering up your cough in your arm, not your hand are all good steps to help prevent spreading or contracting the flu.

It takes about two weeks for full protection to kick in after getting the flu shot, the health unit said, in a news release.

Dr Robert M Jacobson, a pediatrician and medical director for the Population Health Science Program at Mayo Clinic, says the irony is that vaccines are much more rigorously checked for side effects than any other type of medication.

"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. "If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off", said Moorjani.