Almost half of Edmontonians won’t get flu shot

Almost half of Edmontonians won’t get flu shot

Florida health officials say a child is the first death in Florida during this year's flu season.

The flu vaccine reduces a person's risk of contracting the flu by about 40%, meaning even someone who receives a flu shot should take additional precautions. It is too early to know yet which strains, influenza A or B, will emerge as the deadliest this season, health officials 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.

The flu study, which analyzed data from over 2 million pregnant women, also found that "more than 80 percent of pregnancies overlapped with flu season, underscoring the likelihood that pregnant women will be exposed to flu at some point during their pregnancy".

Health experts emphasize a flu shot is the best way to protect against the virus but some parents are still skeptical or misinformed about the vaccine.

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As of October 12th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that during the 2017-18 flu season, 183 influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurred. Last year, the CDC says more than 170 children lost their lives because of flu-related illnesses. You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine.

Most pharmacies in the US offer several FDA approved flu and vaccines. It is unknown whether the woman had underlying health conditions or whether she'd received a 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 flu, or influenza, is a respiratory disease spread through coughing, sneezing and other direct contact with someone who is infected or contaminated objects.

In the first week of the flu season, the state had only two flu or flu-like outbreaks. Aside from protecting moms from getting the flu, vaccines can also protect babies from the illness after they were born. Flu shots are generally recommended for anyone age 6 months and older. "We came down with the flu the same time Ian did".

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