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Doctor: Vast Majority of Children Who Died From Flu Last Year Weren't Immunized

Doctor: Vast Majority of Children Who Died From Flu Last Year Weren't Immunized

Source: My Northwest

It's been confirmed that a 5-year-old girl from Tacoma died after getting the flu. The strain she caught was H3N2 and she did not get a flu shot. There are three or four influenza strains included in this year's vaccine, depending on which one you get, and unfortunately, the strain the little girl caught (H3N2) is the least effective in the flu shot because it mutated. Still, the Center for Disease Control and our state's Department of Health will tell you that getting the flu shot will at least decrease the severity of the H3N2 strain. Getting a flu shot is also more than just personal health care, according to Dr. Matthew Kronman, who specializes in infectious diseases for Seattle Children's.

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