Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Danger of Flu to Children

We all know that getting a flu shot every year is important. It will protect us from getting flu and it's severe complications. It is more important for kids younger than five years old. Certain groups of children are at increased risk for flu complications. Vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially complications in children. To learn more about influenza vaccination visit this link CDC-Infuenza (Flu)

The Danger of Flu to Children

Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, flu places a large burden on the health and well-being of children and families.

  • Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old.
  • Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
  • Some children will die from the flu each year. During the 2007-08 flu season, CDC received reports that 86 children died from influenza-related complications.
  • Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
  • Children with chronic health problems like asthma and diabetes are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications.

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