Stop Flu at School: Free flu shots at 177 Hawaii Public Schools

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Florida experienced its first flu-related death for the 2018-19 season, according to a flu report from the Florida Department of Health.

The Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology said in a report the unidentified child tested positive for influenza B and died between September 30 and October 6.

More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot. "And of the children who died from the flu previous year, about half of them were perfectly healthy children".

Florida health officials identified the lethal strain as influenza B, which is less common and generally less severe than Influenza A, though both strains infect humans.

"The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people.", Webby said.

The Department of Health wants to make sure your children are healthy this year, by kicking off their annual, Stop Flu at School program.

Last year, more than 1.2 million vaccines were administered in Alberta.

"In the past, people have been hospitalized for not getting their flu shot and the strain changes each year, so it's very important to get your flu shot", registered nurse Shelbrina Lomax said. Last year, the CDC says more than 170 children lost their lives because of flu-related illnesses. Those with medical conditions such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also at risk for flu complications, including pneumonia. Public health officials recommend that everyone get vaccinated this month.

"Each flu season is different and unpredictable", Steward said.

Most pharmacies in the US offer several FDA approved flu and vaccines.

The first flu death has already been reported. The side effects of the flu are a stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, headache and muscle weakness.

The department says, the vaccine is the best defense against the flu.

Experts recommend that everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot, and the sooner the better.

Anti-virals like Tamiflu are effective in lessening the symptoms of the flu but are most effective if administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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