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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus and can result in mild to severe illness. Although Michigan has only experienced localized flu activity over the past few weeks, the MDHHS strongly recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. There is still plenty of flu vaccine available and to find where you can receive your vaccine you can visit Flushot.healthmap.org.