Health officials: One third of NYC children under 5 didn't get flu vaccine

According to health officials the flu counts as the third leading cause of death in New York City. (1/9/14)

BROOKLYN - City officials are trying to get more children to take the flu shot following a rise in flu cases.

Officials released a report that shows that one third of children under five didn't get vaccinated in the past year.

Health experts say that the flu shot can be critical for kids.

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"The very young are at risk to get terrible complications from the flu and nothing could be worse than to have your very young child with this infection and having a bad complication and even dying," said SUNY Downstate Medical Director Michael Lanigan.

According to health officials, the flu counts as the third leading cause of death in New York City. 

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