More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot.
Children under five, older adults, those who are pregnant and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk from the flu, the health unit said.
The first Florida flu death of the season has been reported.
The department's report did not say where in the state that the death occurred, but did say the unvaccinated child was otherwise healthy before getting sick.
One-third said that the flu shot didn't work. "Although not ideal, the flu shot is a valuable and life-saving public health tool". "It's important that we deal with the science and the facts", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said.
The new national survey of 700 parents suggests a reason: 47 percent fear it could be unsafe, and 66 percent believed it could be futile for their children.
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28 percent of parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.
"After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe", said Moorjani. "I and many others have been saying for over 20 years that you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine". "All of the components, whether it's the nasal or injectable vaccine, do not constitute the official flu virus".
Albertans six months of age and older will once again be able to receive a free influenza vaccine.
The Department of Health office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Getting the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself but a new national survey by Orlando Health found that a shocking number of parents are skeptical about the flu vaccine.
She adds that there is a chance you can feel a bit weaker because 'your body is mounting a response to make antibodies against the flu virus, so there is a potential that you may feel weaker, but it should only be a couple of days, ' Dr Walters says.