Children with disabilities are majority of H1N1 child deaths

10/12/2009 | Disability Scoop

A majority of the 76 children who have died this year from the H1N1 flu virus have had underlying health conditions or disabilities, say officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Among children, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy are quite prominent," said one CDC official. The CDC says that individuals with developmental disabilities are considered at higher risk for H1N1, especially if they have respiratory issues, and should receive priority for receiving the injection vaccine as it becomes available.

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