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, reports 9 news.

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.

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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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  • It has been a bad flu season and it’s quite hard to distinguish between a cold and a flu at times.


  • Sad to read of a young life lost. Vaccination is so important to prevent this from happening.


  • Vaccinate. It’s so simple, and so effective.


  • How sad for the family ????


  • Such a scary thing.. I might have to actually get the family vaccinated against the flu!


  • Oh, little one. Too many people still die of influenza. So sad. :-(


  • I can’t believe the comment below claiming the flu does not kill people. People, especially the elderly and the young, get the flu. Then they get complications caused by the flu. The complications combined with the flu kills people. So vaccinate to avoid getting the flu, hence avoiding the complications, and possibly avoiding death.
    As for the woman who claims to have had the flu for 8 months after having a flu vaccine, why did you let it last so long? If it was actually the flu, it would be an extremely rare reaction so it’s still the best thing to have your kids vaccinated. Ultimately, it’s better to suffer in the short term [if at all] then die


  • Yet another tragic case of the flu claiming a young life!


  • How sad for the family. RIP little one


  • Influenza is just dreadful and every sympathy to the family – such a tragic loss of life.


  • I’m in two minds about the flu shot — I got it through work once and then had the flu for 8 miserable months. I’m normally all for vaccines, but the flu shot is one I can’t seem to bring myself to give to our Punks.


  • Sad to read!


  • You cannot die from the flu! Why do they keep spreading this false news.

    • How can you say this when there are deaths nearly every year?! Especially with young kids and the elderly. It may not be directly from the flu, but you catch the flu and complications set in that you can die from! Get your vaccinations and you don’t get the flu, no complications and no possible death. But to say the flu doesn’t kill people……………seriously!


  • Awful news but great that the flu numbers are down hopefully lives will be saved.


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