Kansas records its first flu death of the season

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After the worst flu season in decades a year ago, Dr. John Cunningham of Comer Children's Hospital went so far to call it a "significant and national emergency".

According to the CDC, the flu landed more than 30,000 people in the hospital past year. "Get a flu shot; wash your hands; cover your cough, clean and disinfect surfaces and stay home if you become ill".

The CDC recommends all people ages 6 months and older get vaccinated.

State health officials say the unidentified child died during the week ending October 6, the first week of this year's season, and was otherwise healthy.

"It's a very easy process; we set up everything", he said. Studies show that, in addition to helping to protect pregnant women, a flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect babies from flu infection for their first several months of life.

From now until December 7th, the department is offering free flu shots at 177 public schools across the state. The child had not been vaccinated.In the first week of the flu season, the state had only two flu or flu-like outbreaks. Most flu deaths are among the elderly, children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

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Influenza causes approximately 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada every year.

The vaccine protects against four strains of the influenza virus, including H1N1 and H3N2.

Florida was not alone in reporting a flu death so early in the season. They polled more than 2,000 people, including 700 people with children under the age of 18.

Last flu season was the deadliest in 40 years, with 900,000 hospitalized and 80,000 killed, according to the CDC.

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