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Houston reports first flu-related death of child this season

Houston reports first flu-related death of child this season

From Oct. 1 through Sunday, Ballad's hospitals recorded 4,152 positive influenza cases and 23 flu-related deaths, two more than had been reported through February 10, according to statistics released Monday.

Get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Officials are urging parents to get their child vaccinated, even if they've already had the flu.

"We wanted to provide reassurance that these vaccines, which are recommended for every woman during pregnancy, aren't creating a risk for the baby", she added.

The flu shot may prevent the risk of a heart attack, according to some doctors.

Eleven people in Monroe County have died this season as a result of the flu.

"Flu season is as much a part of winter in ME as skiing or snowmobiling", King said. "Most deaths from pertussis are in very, very young babies who aren't eligible to get the vaccine", Sukumaran said. Of those newborns, 25,222 were hospitalized and 157 died within the first six months of life.

USA doctors recommend that babies get annual flu shots starting when they're six months old and four doses of the DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis starting at two months old.

Director of the DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams says although the vaccine's overall effectiveness is less than those of past years for adults, people who received the vaccine, and also contracted the flu, had less severe symptoms, required less hospitalization, and recovered faster.

The nasal spray influenza vaccine will be available to patients in the United States again.