October is optimal time to get a flu shot, experts say

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While flu activity remains low across the United States, the Florida Department of Health said that a child tested positive for one of the strains, influenza B, and later died.

Orlando Health reports 53% believe flu vaccines can cause children to get sick with flu while 34% believe the flu vaccine doesn't work.

Doctors are encouraging children to get their flu shots by Halloween. Eighty percent of the children who died were not vaccinated.

The health unit this week announced six community clinics, 33 Sarnia-Lambton pharmacies, and various primary care practitioners will be offering influenza inoculations soon.

Other studies have shown that in addition to helping to protect pregnant women, a flu shot during pregnancy helps protect babies from flu infection for several months after birth before they are old enough to get their own vaccinations.

The Department of Health wants to make sure your children are healthy this year, by kicking off their annual, Stop Flu at School program.

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Last flu season, 92 people died in hospital of the flu in Alberta.

"The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu", said Dr. Moorjani. "Since flu-related deaths in people younger than 18 years became nationally reportable in 2004, the number of deaths reported to CDC has ranged from 37 during the 2011-2012 season to 183 deaths during the 2017-18 season". Last year, the CDC says more than 170 children lost their lives because of flu-related illnesses. And she adds that now is the right time to get the shot before the season starts to ramp up. Those feeling ill should also cover their cough and stay home, to prevent spreading the flu to others.

Previous year was the deadliest flu season in nearly 4 decades.

The best way to protect children from influenza is to get them vaccinated.

Still, the "biggest message", said Webby, who is a member of the World Health Organization's flu vaccine composition group, is vaccination.

There are various flu vaccines available for the 2018-19 season.

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