Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Flu Can Be Deadly - Even For Healthy Children

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in the journal of Pediatrics highlights the need for both healthy and medically fragile children to receive a flu shot.

The CDC research shows that 40 percent of children who died from the flu between 2004 and 2014 were healthy. This means that these children did not have chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

Although the flu is typically a self-limited illness, a total of 830 U.S. children died from the flu during the time frame that was studied. Thirty-five percent of the children passed away before they were admitted to the hospital.

Has your child received the flu shot yet?

1 comment:

  1. Yes! Every child over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. See the article, "Even healthy kids can die from flu complications" in 10/28/2013 of USA TODAY for more.