Children Have Died From the Flu in New York City

An eight-year-old unidentified girl from Queens New York died from the flu on Monday

An eight-year-old unidentified girl from Queens New York died from the flu on Monday

According to the New York City Health Department, the majority of flu-related deaths involve people with diabetes, heart or lung disease, people over the age of 65 and children under the age of 5.

Over 2,000 New Yorkers died from the flu and pneumonia, a common flu-related complication, in 2015, the a year ago with records available, according to a release from the New York City Health Department.

Dr. Daskalakis discussed the flu vaccine and debunked myths about this season's flu virus.

Flu shots are readily available at pharmacies, doctor's offices, hospitals and clinics across New York City, and are typically covered by insurance or provided at no cost.

This year's season is the worst since the swine flu pandemic in 2009, according to state health officials.

To find a flu vaccine near you, visit: www.vaccinefinder.org. About 6.5 percent of emergency room visits since October can be attributed to the flu - the highest number in four years.

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Two kids have died of the flu so far this season. Last week there were more than 11,000 lab confirmed cases of the virus in NY state, a 50-percent increase from the week before.

Though only offering an approximately 30 percent efficacy rate, getting vaccinated remains the most effective way of preventing the flu. Baez's death was the second pediatric death of the 2018 flu season, officials said. The CDC lists the following as warning signs of flu in children.

"For more information about where to get vaccinated, New Yorkers can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/flu, or text "flu" to 877877".

Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas also reminded New Yorkers they have the right to sick leave.

Patients are advised to stay home after having the flu until they've been without a fever for at least 24 hours.

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