A Florida child who did not receive a flu vaccine died after getting the flu, state health officials confirmed.
The unidentified child tested positive for the influenza B virus and died between September 30 and October 6, according to Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology.
The child was otherwise healthy before coming down with the flu, state officials said.
Local TV station WTSP reports privacy concerns prevent officials from saying where in Florida the child died.
Last month, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged Americans to get the flu vaccine after about 80,000 flu deaths in the U.S. last season, the highest in four decades.
“That herd immunity is so, so very important,” Adams said during a news conference.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older receive either the flu shot or nasal spray.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.
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