2018 Flu Season Has Started in US: Unvaccinated Child from Florida Is Now the First Death – How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

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There has been first death case due to flu season that started in US and Nexter.org wants you to know how to protect yourself and your family from dangerous diseases.

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Florida child case

A child in Florida has become the first person to die of the flu this season, according to state health officials. State epidemiologists say the child had not been vaccinated and was otherwise healthy before getting sick with the flu.

The child, who tested positive for influenza B, died sometime during the week of Sept. 30, although privacy concerns prevent officials from saying exactly where, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV reports.

Last flu season, 183 children in the U.S. died from flu or flu-related causes. That’s the most since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began keeping these records in 2004. Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season.

Approximately 80 percent of those who died were not vaccinated.

How to protect yourself 

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CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula says this latest news should be a wake-up call to parents to get their children vaccinated.

“What this is a strong clear message to parents about the importance of vaccination,” she told “CBS This Morning.” “This vaccine is safe. It is the most effective tool we have. And we know of the pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent were in kids who were unvaccinated.”

Dr. Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye with Black Hawk County Health Department said even if you get the vaccine, you may still get the flu, however, your symptoms won’t be as severe.

Some people may not believe in the flu shot, or they may think they won’t get the flu this year. However, prevention is key, according to Dr. Egbuoyne.

Also if possible, try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Children, adults age 50 and older, women who are pregnant and people with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for contracting the flu. However, health officials encourage all people six months and older to get immunized.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The illness typically lasts two to seven days, according to health officials. Influenza comes on suddenly and may cause severe illness or death.


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