by Ivette D. Rico, M.D.

A child in Florida died, why?  The death was caused by Flu, a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine.  The State epidemiologist said that the child had not been vaccinate against the Flu and had not suffered from any previous illnesses. This child was healthy.

We know that the child tested positive for Influenza type B and died during the week of September 30th, the exact location has not been disclosed.  We also know that during last Flu season,  183 children died from Flu or Flu-related causes. In addition, 80% of the pediatric deaths were unvaccinated children.

So, the message is strong and clear: the vaccine is safe and is the most effective tool we have. Let’s protect our children and have everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the Flu!