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Australia Child death spurs NSW flu vaccine warning

07:21  13 july  2018
07:21  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A child in NSW has died from the same strain of influenza which caused the 2009 pandemic, with authorities urging parents to get their kids vaccinated .

Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Child death spurs NSW flu vaccine warning . NSW health authorities are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated with the free flu shot after a child died from influenza.

Child receiving flu vaccine. © Getty Child receiving flu vaccine. NSW health authorities are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated with the free flu shot after a child died from influenza.

The child was one of 19 admitted to Sydney's children's hospital between April 3 and July 8 with the flu, with only two of those infants fully vaccinated.

It was the first death of a child for the 2018 flu season, NSW Health said.

"This is an important reminder to parents who have not yet vaccinated their children that influenza can be life-threatening and it's not too late to vaccinate," Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer, said in a statement on Friday.

News of the death comes as the authority predicts a slow start to this year's flu season in NSW, with 256 cases confirmed in the week ending July 8, compared with 6449 cases in the equivalent week in 2017.

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