NYC reports pediatric flu death, doctors urge vaccines

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The city is reporting its first pediatric death this flu season, and doctors are urging flu vaccines for everyone 6 months of age and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 180 children died from the flu nationwide last flu season and more than 80 percent of those deaths were in children who didn’t receive a flu vaccine.

Dr. John Zaso, a pediatrician on the Nassau County Board of Health, says he still gets pushback when it comes to the flu vaccine.

“The biggest push is that they don’t think it’s important,” says Zaso.

Health officials say the flu vaccine doesn’t give people the flu, but rather it stimulates the body to produce antibodies to fight the virus.

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