The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to get their flu shot after a child who did not receive the vaccine died after contracting the virus, state health officials confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday.
Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with certain medical conditions are most at risk for suffering flu-related complications — some of which can lead to hospitalization or death, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
Signs of the flu include a cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headache and fever, among other symptoms, according to the CDC.
MILITARY PHYSICIANS WHO LOST SON, 4, TO FLU URGE OTHERS TO GET VACCINATED
“Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and its potentially severe complications. Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated. Stay home when you’re sick and keep your children home when they’re sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer,” the department said.