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MI health officials say a child from Osceola County is the first in the state to die from the flu this season.

The department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

"Today we have a global surveillance system, antiviral drugs to treat flu illness, antibiotics to treat secondary infections and the ability to develop vaccines", the CDC said. Her death is a important reminder that flu can cause serious illness or death, particularly among persons at risk for flu-related complications.

Last year's flu season was the deadliest since 2009 when H1N1 broke out.

Oneida County reported six lab-confirmed flu cases for the week ending December 15, bringing the season total to 31.

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People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated.

The number of cases of influenza in Wyoming is starting to increase now and the Wyoming Department of Health is reaching out to remind residents of measures to help avoid becoming ill with influenza or spreading the virus.

There's nearly no reason why someone shouldn't get a flu shot, she added, and it's not just about keeping you healthy, but preventing the spread of influenza to other New Yorkers. The flu vaccine is inactive and can not cause the infection.

And while it is true that the vaccine doesn't work 100 percent of the time, the benefit is that it lessens the severity.

Last year's flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe. If you do still get the flu you're 60 percent less likely to need treatment. Many were adults older than 65, but also 180 children died from the flu. And as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good. "But remember, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect".

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