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Health officials encourage vaccines as flu season continues

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

State health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated after one child in Georgia died.

There have been 45 flu related deaths so far this season among children in 18 states.

That's 19 more than last season in the United States.

Dr. Jacqueline Grant at Southwest Georgia District Health says flu season is still active until spring.

"In terms of Georgia, if you compare the number of pediatric deaths, which we had one this flu season, it is on par with what we had last season [at] this time of the year," said Dr. Grant.

Infants and children up to 4 years old are more likely to die from the flu, but 75 percent of flu related deaths are adults, age 65 and older.

There's still time to get the vaccine, although health officials say it was 23 percent less effective flu season.

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