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The first pediatric flu death has been confirmed in MI for this winter season (2018-2019).

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports that a child in Osceola County died after being infected with influenza A/H1N1.

The flue is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus.

State Epidemiologist Alexia Harrist says almost everybody age 6 months or older should get a seasonal flu shot. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications, says the CDC.

About half of Kentuckians got a flu shot during either the 2017 or 2018 flu seasons, according to a new poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Nationally, there have been six flu-related pediatric deaths reported during the 2018-2019 flu season.

To Moldova was delivered a new batch of flu vaccine in the amount of 130 thousand doses. If you do get sick after getting the vaccine, it's just a coincidence.

In the week that ended December 15, the most recent for which there is data, there were 1,230 lab-confirmed cases of the flu statewide, 601 of which were in New York City specifically.

About 17 percent of those who didn't get a flu shot said they it was either because they didn't know where to get one, it was too expensive or they didn't have health insurance.

And while it is true that the vaccine doesn't work 100 percent of the time, the benefit is that it lessens the severity.

If you do get the flu, stay home, Redfield advised. And as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good.

Health department data shows that most of the patients were from Tulsa County as 48 people were hospitalized there. "It takes approximately two weeks for the protection provided by vaccination to begin", the CDC said.

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