Infant Flu Death Has Other Parents Concerned

The death of an infant from the flu here in the east has other parents concerned about what to do to protect their young ones.

Babies under the age of six-months cannot get flu shots, so doctors say it's important to take different measures to protect them.

Brandy Popp has two little boys. Sullivan, who is almost three, and Ben, who is only 2-weeks old.

She says the flu death of an infant is scary. She says, You don't think of it being fatal, but when you hear these stories especially when they're close to home and hear about a child has died, it makes you think it really could happen to me and you want to be extra cautious and extra careful, especially when you have an infant at home."

Doctor Jennie Mangun is a pediatrician at Carolina East. She says an infant flu death is unusual here in North Carolina. She says while babies under the age of six-months cannot get a vaccine against the virus, there are ways you can protect them. She says, "Making sure the parent, siblings, any contact for an infant under six-months of age should definitely be vaccinated."

Dr. Mangun says you should try and keep your children away from crowds also. She says, "If your infant is small and can't have a flu vaccination and you know flu is out there and rampant don't take your child to the mall or the grocery store. As much as you can work your schedule out so you don't have to expose your child unnecessarily.
but as a parent of two that can be tough.

Dr. Mangun says the reason why Food & Drug Administration doesn't allow infants under six-months to get the shot is because they say the risks are worst than the benefits of the vaccine.

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