Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Kansas records its first flu death of the season

Kansas records its first flu death of the season

Last year was one of the worst flu seasons in years, the CDC said.

The problem is that many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their kids because of misinformation about the flu shot.

"You want to get it in October cause it takes about two weeks for it to be effective in your system", Dr. Todd Fristo with St. Luke's Medical Group said.

The CDC recommends all people ages 6 months and older get vaccinated. Eighty-five percent of children who died from the flu then had not received a flu shot.

"It's a very easy process; we set up everything", he said.

"Additionally, we recommend that women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant get their flu vaccine", Lund said.

From now until December 7th, the department is offering free flu shots at 177 public schools across the state. The newborn to 4 years old age group had 29 reported cases for the first week of the flu season.

Over the course of six flu seasons, the researchers found that pregnant women are 40 percent more likely to end up in the hospital because of a more serious illness after getting the flu.

'Vaccines are the most tested thing that we as physicians prescribe, because they are being administered to millions of people so there is no room for error, ' Dr Jacobson told

Making it the deadliest season in more than four decades.

"The flu virus is out there, it's just getting started".

The department says, the vaccine is the best defense against the flu.

Influenza or the flu is an illness caused by a virus. During the 2017-18 flu season, 183 pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC; nine were in IL, almost double that of 2016-17 season.

It also shows 30 percent of parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy. "I know moms who believe a lot of the misinformation that's out there, but I think that our pediatrician is the best person to get our information from".

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