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The flu season officially began last week and Florida is already the first state to report the death of an unvaccinated child from the flu this year.

The health department also plans to announce additional flu shot clinics for children and adults who cannot be present for the drive through event.

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

For people who don't like shots, the nasal spray might be an option, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC said.

The study, co-authored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found pregnant women who received the flu shot reduced their risk of being hospitalized due to the virus by "an average of 40 percent".

It's that time of year, the weather is getting colder and the flu season is starting to kick in.

According to the CDC, the flu landed more than 30,000 people in the hospital past year. Last year, 180 children died from the flu, 80 percent of which didn't receive the shot.

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"This includes pregnant women, adults and children with chronic health conditions, and seniors".

More importantly, Dr Walters warns that babies under six months are among the most vulnerable, but they can't get vaccinated because they are too young. "Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and its potentially severe complications". One was an unspecific strain and the other was strep throat.

"Additionally, we recommend that women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant get their flu vaccine", Lund said.

"We're happy to have as many options out there as we can get", said Brammer.

While influenza viruses circulate year-round, in the United States the time flu activity generally peaks is December through February.

Ehren McMichael makes it a point to take her three children to get their flu shots every fall.


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