Florida officials confirm first flu death of the season

Florida officials confirm first flu death of the season
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An unvaccinated child in Florida has died from the flu, becoming the first person to succumb this disease season, Florida state health officials announced Monday.

The child was diagnosed with influenza B and died sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, according to the Florida Department of Health. The department noted that most deaths from the flu occur in people who are not vaccinated.

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The child had no underlying medical conditions, officials said.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 80,000 people in the United States died of the flu and its complications last winter, the most deaths in at least four decades. That included almost 200 children.

About 80 percent of those who died last year from the flu were unvaccinated.