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In addition, there have been 923 influenza-related hospitalization and one pediatric death associated with the flu.

The reported death involves a child from Osceola County who was infected with influenza A/H1N1.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

The CDC said there's still time for all unvaccinated persons over the age of 6 months to get the seasonal flu vaccine.

It's also a myth that getting the vaccine gives you the flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications, says the CDC.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

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Nationally, there have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2018-2019 flu season. "I'd love to see us get the vaccine rate over 75 percent", he added.

People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated. Last season, 39.5 percent of MI residents received the vaccine.

It's not now clear where in the state the child was from or if he or she had received the flu vaccine. Last year, more than 79,000 Americans died from the flu, 185 of which were children. If you do still get the flu you're 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

The state has had 3,283 laboratory-confirmed cases throughout 43 of the 62 counties and all five boroughs of New York City during the flu season, considered October through May.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on the flu. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

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