Flu can be fatal even to healthy children, CDC says

10/28/2013 | USA Today

Between October 2004 and September 2012, influenza-related complications claimed the lives of 830 children in the U.S., most of whom did not get the flu shot, according to a CDC study in the journal Pediatrics. Of the children who died and had known medical histories, 43% were healthy, without any high-risk conditions, including asthma, cancer or diabetes. "All too often, people dismiss flu as a mild illness, but every year, children, including healthy children, die from flu," CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

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