Child first reported flu death in Florida, state reports

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WPLG—A Florida child was the state's first to die this season due to flu-related illness during the week ended Oct. 6, according to the state's Department of Health. The child had not received a flu vaccination. Florida health officials identified the lethal strain as influenza B, which is less common and generally less severe than Influenza A, though both strains infect humans. The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of...

Unvaccinated Child Dies from the Flu in Florida, First Pediatric Death of the Flu Season. An unvaccinated child in Florida died from the flu, officials said, marking the first pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season in the U.S. The Florida Department of Health announced the child’s death on Monday, but did not release their name, age, gender or location due to privacy issues; just that the child had not received a flu shot and did not have any other health issues, the New York Times reports. The child died between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, early in the flu season. Health officials...