CDC Study: Swine Flu Deaths Higher In Older Kids

A study of swine flu's impact on children finds that most of its young victims have been of school age.

The information comes in a report by federal health officials that finds that about one in 13 U.S. swine flu deaths have occured among children.

Normally, at least half of the children who die from flu are age 4 and younger. But more than 80 percent of the children who died with swine flu were at least 5.

Researchers also found that about two-thirds of the children who died with swine flu had a brain-related disorder like epilepsy or cerebral palsy. In a previous flu season, just a third of pediatric deaths had those conditions.

The report also finds that bacterial co-infections were blamed in most of the deaths of otherwise healthy children.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Fran Location: NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    WHO Admits to Releasing Pandemic Virus into Population via 'Mock-Up' Vaccines. The document on the WHO website linked below states that it is common procedure to release pandemic viruses into the population in order to get a jump ahead of the real pandemic, so as to fast track the vaccine for when it is needed. In Europe, some manufacturers have conducted advance studies using a so-called "mock-up" vaccine. Mock-up vaccines contain an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has not circulated recently in human populations and thus mimics the novelty of a pandemic virus. According to the website, “Such advance studies can greatly expedite regulatory approval.” Sources: World Health Organization
  • by Taylor Location: North Carolina on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Most parents arent going to keep their kids home the first few days of school....i would 13 and the 1st day i was about puking my guts up and my mother still made me go to school. in all honesty most parents will agree that after a long summer they want their kids out. i have 3 siblngs and if we miss any days....we have to be bleeding puking like were about to die or cant stand on our own. really the only way to prevent swine flu ...or any disease for that by WASHING YOUR HANDS, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, shoulder, or tissue...NOT YOUR HANDS and making sure that you wash regulary and use hand sanitizer if nessasary. its not that difficult to understand and easy to prevent
  • by MOM Location: WASHINGTON on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Do anyone know if anyone have the swine flu here in washington there are so many people say the have it here in washington but i did not even know there were cases here of swine flu
  • by Parent Location: Bear Grass on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    I just spoke with a staff member at Bear Grass High School and they stated that there is no case's reported at the school from student's or staff.
  • by J Location: Gville on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    If people would keep their SICK kids at HOME, it might help.
  • by Me Location: ENC on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Washington has cases of young children diagnosed with "Probable H1N1 Flu" right now. In fact, there is apparently no more Pediatric Tamiflu available at Washington Pharmacies...must be a lot of sick kids!
  • by me Location: right here on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    I was told about 15 minutes ago that there's child in Bear Grass with the swine flu... WITN can you see if this is true.If it is then the parents need to know.The student was diagnosed yesterday.

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