10/28/2013

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in the journal Pediatrics. Of the children who died and had known medical histories, 43% were healthy, without any high-risk conditions, such as 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 Dr. Tom Frieden said. "Everyone in the United States older than 6 months of age should be vaccinated against influenza," infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner said.

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