children who die from the flu are not vaccinated.
according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) published online earlier this month in
Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of its
kind showing that flu vaccination significantly reduces a
childs risk of dying from influenza.
to the CDC news release: "The study, which looked at data
from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, found that flu
vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half
(51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical
conditions and by nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy
children The study findings underscore the importance of the
recommendation by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics
that all children 6 months and older get an annual flu
year, the CDC receives reports of children who died from the
flu," says lead author and CDC epidemiologist Dr. Brendan
Flannery. "This study tells us that we can prevent more
of these deaths by vaccinating more. We looked at four seasons
when we know from other studies that the vaccine prevented flu
illness, and we found consistent protection against flu deaths
Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases
specialist who was not involved with the study, says, "It
shows that this protective effect is seen in both children who
have medical conditions that would increase their risk of
dying from the flu, such as underlying heart or lung disease,
but importantly that this benefit extends to healthy children,
is impossible to predict which healthy children will develop a
mild flu illness with maybe some fever, cough, and runny nose,
and which child will develop more severe illness and need to
be admitted to hospital or possibly die from influenza
infection," she says. "This is why it is important
that all children over 6 months of age get vaccinated every
says the types of influenza covered in the flu vaccine vary
each year based on which viruses are predicted to be
circulating during the flu season.
is why it is important to get vaccinated every year," she
says. "The flu vaccine is safe and one of the best
strategies we have to prevent influenza infection."
signs and symptoms of the flu include:
Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs
Chills and sweats
Fatigue and weakness
that may increase your risk of developing influenza or its
influenza tends to target young children and older adults.
who live in facilities along with many other residents, such
as nursing homes or military barracks, are more likely to
Weakened immune system
treatments, anti-rejection drugs, corticosteroids and HIV/AIDS
can weaken your immune system. This can make it easier for you
to catch influenza and may also increase your risk of
conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart problems, may
increase your risk of influenza complications.
women are more likely to develop influenza complications,
particularly in the second and third trimesters. Women who are
two weeks postpartum are also more likely to develop
with a body mass index of 40 or more have an increased risk of
complications from the flu.
young and healthy, seasonal influenza usually isnt serious.
Although you may feel miserable while you have it, the flu
usually goes away in a week or two with no lasting effects.
But high-risk children and adults may develop complications
is the most serious complication. For older adults and people
with a chronic illness, pneumonia can be deadly.