Australia Child death spurs NSW flu vaccine warning

07:21  13 july  2018
07:21  13 july  2018 Source:

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Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the flu and its complications, ranging from dehydration to pneumonia. Last year, more than 100 kids in the US died from the flu , about 80 of whom were not vaccinated .

The flu -related death of a Washington County girl last week has put the spotlight on flu vaccines as this season's outbreak is peaking. Her aunt, Carissa Worobec, said she was unsure whether the girl was vaccinated . So far this season, 20 children have died due to flu nationally, according to the

Child receiving flu vaccine. © Getty Child receiving flu vaccine. NSW health authorities are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated with the free flu shot after a child died from influenza.

The child was one of 19 admitted to Sydney's children's hospital between April 3 and July 8 with the flu, with only two of those infants fully vaccinated.

It was the first death of a child for the 2018 flu season, NSW Health said.

"This is an important reminder to parents who have not yet vaccinated their children that influenza can be life-threatening and it's not too late to vaccinate," Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer, said in a statement on Friday.

News of the death comes as the authority predicts a slow start to this year's flu season in NSW, with 256 cases confirmed in the week ending July 8, compared with 6449 cases in the equivalent week in 2017.

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