Study Shows Children Flu Deaths Could Be Prevented

With cold weather here, it's a sign that flu season is right around the corner.

Over the past year 115 kids and teens died from the flue, but experts say many of the deaths could have prevented with a simple vaccine.

A new report from the Centers For Disease Control reveals only 23 percent of children who were eligible for a flu shot actually got one. This may be due to a misconception that healthy children can withstand a bout of the flu.

About half of the children who died last year had no existing medical conditions putting them at risk for complications.


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  • by Brandy Location: Greenville on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    I was told that the flu shot may not prevent the flu but it can weaken it if you get it. Which for a child may save their life. Also there is not just one type of flu. Specialists pick what they deem the most common virus of the season and give people that. Which means you could have the shot but be susceptible to other strains of the virus. I have yet to know anyone who has died from the flu shot. I know people who still get sick. I did not get one myself but I had my 18month old get them.
  • by Audra Location: Greenville on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    There is no perfect solution. People have to act on their own conscience about what they feel is the right decision. Either has risks.
  • by DeAnna on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    I remember as a kid, my brother and I got the flu shot one time and we both ended up getting the flu, it was the worse thing in the world or at least that what I thought at the time. Now I', 21 and pregnant with my first child and really debating if I want to get the shot again or not.
  • by John Location: NC on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    It would be good to inform the readers who (what age is safe) is eligible.
  • by Do What on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    If u know like I know u will use your common sense and keep your child(children) away from the needles.
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