Parents are being urged by health officials to get their children vaccinated against influenza after two more Minnesota children were announced dead Thursday due to this seasons flu strain.
An 8-year-old and a 17-month-old are among the latest victims. This comes one week after an 8-year-old St. Paul boy died of influenza. None of these children had been vaccinated.
Although flu-related deaths among children are not common health officials continue to encourage vaccinations. The health department has made clear that there is enough supply of the vaccine and it is not too late to get a shot. Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and the Visiting Nurse Association have both set up special flu shot clinics.