(NBC News) An annual flu shot is priority for the Marotta family.
In 2009 the Marottas’ son, Joseph, died from the virus.
He’d been a healthy little boy until the flu came on suddenly, just after he started kindergarten.
“The doctor just stopped and she just looked at us and said, ‘I’m so sorry'” his mother Serese recalls.
They’re now urging others to vaccinate early.
Last year 85 children died from the flu and its complications. Public health officials are concerned parents may be less likely to get their kids vaccinated this year because the nasal spray is not available.
They urge everyone over 6-months-old to get the shot.
Last year about 45-percent of the population got the flu vaccine, a slight decrease from the previous season.
The Marottas hope that number increases this year.
“That’s why we share our story. We don’t want history to repeat itself,” Serese Marotta says.
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