The child, whose age and hometown has not been disclosed, died between September 30 and October 6 of influenza B, ABC reports. The report did not say where the child died but did say the child was otherwise healthy. Eighty percent of the children who died were not vaccinated. "And because we as health care providers have no idea of knowing who is going to get very sick from the flu, that's why we tell everyone to get the shot to protect themselves and their families".
The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year.
Thousands of staff across Qatar's health system have already received this year's flu vaccine. It's the first for the 2018-19 flu season of a reported pediatric death in Florida.
The Maryland Department of Health announced the first confirmed cases of the flu Tuesday, an adult and child in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Last winter, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu. H3N2, he said, is "the virus that always causes the most disease and it's the one that the vaccine has the hardest time protecting against". And even if you think you're invincible, by getting vaccinated, you're also protecting the people around you: your children, your parents, and your co-workers.
"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.
Indeed, if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from contracting the flu, it can still protect against the illness' severity.
"We're happy to have as many options out there as we can get", said Brammer.
The CDC recommends that people with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue seek medical attention as quickly as possible to avoid possible deadly complications.