"Last year an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, with 183 influenza deaths in children - three of which were in MS", said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.
Children under five, older adults, those who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk from the flu, the health unit said.
"This study's findings underscore the fact that there is a simple, yet impactful way to reduce the possibility of complications from flu during pregnancy: get a flu shot", co-author Allison Naleway, from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said.
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications a year ago, including 183 children. The child tested positive for influenza B at a local health care provider.
"The more people who get the flu shot, the less chance the virus can spread while protecting more people.", Webby said.
Last year's flu season was severe with high levels of outpatient and emergency department visits, high hospitalization rates, and widespread influenza activity across the country.
Previous year was the most deadly flu season since the 1970's. So even if you've never had the flu before or you think you're too healthy to get it, don't gamble because your luck may eventually run out. Lomax says it's too early to tell if this flu season will be as bad as past year.
"Each flu season is different and unpredictable", Steward said.
"Getting vaccinated each year is important because the strains of influenza that circulate change over time". The majority of confirmed cases were influenza A, primarily H1N1, a strain which is known to be more mild than others.
But Narula said that this first death of the child in Florida is the "wake-up call" that parents need to hear.
But health authorities still suggest the best defense is the flu shot.
Experts recommend that everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot, and the sooner the better.