For the 2018-19 flu season, two deaths in Kansas have already been directly attributed to influenza as of Monday, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports.
The Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology said in a report the unidentified child tested positive for influenza B and died between September 30 and October 6.
As we head into the heart of flu season, Dr. Mallika Marshall provides the facts you need to know to keep you and your family safe. One outbreak was an unspecified strain of influenza and group A streptococcus also known as strep throat.
The first of a few confirmed cases in the area was reported in the last couple of weeks, but there is no large increase in cases at this time, said Chris Steward of Sedgwick County's Division of Health. "Although not ideal, the flu shot is a valuable and life-saving public health tool".
State officials said those outbreaks did not cause the child's death.
"While you may not get your flu jab as early as in previous years it is important that you still get it when invited as it will give protection".
They say getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent from getting sick, and passing it along to others.
A third of parents believe that the flu vaccine doesn't work.
Flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months and older, unless otherwise directed by a physician.
During the 2017-18 flu season - the deadliest flu season in four decades - 80,000 Americans died, including 180 children.
"By getting the flu shot, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others who could have life-threatening complications from catching the flu", McGrath said.