Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween

The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of health.

The agency's flu surveillance report did not say in which counties the deaths occurred.

For the 2018-19 flu season, two deaths in Kansas have already been directly attributed to influenza as of Monday, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports.

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"People are encouraged to get the flu shot in the fall or early winter to give their bodies time to build up immunity". More than two-thirds of the 183 children who died around the country from the flu previous year were also unvaccinated.

State officials said those outbreaks did not cause the child's death. "It's important that we deal with the science and the facts", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said.

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With that goal in mind, a total of 6 million flu vaccines will be made available in the first phase for people aged 50 and over, pregnant women, mothers with babies younger than six months, children between the ages of six months and preschool years, nursing home residents, patients with rare or acute diseases, health care workers, and people with high-risk chronic illnesses, the CDC said.

Rock says that other good practices to fend off the flu or other viruses is to wash your hands regularly, adding that you can get viruses from grocery stores, and or banks.

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"The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with influenza", said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips, RN, MHA.

Regional health authorities will begin to host public flu shot clinics starting October 22, including at community health offices.

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