Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

CDC Reminds Us How To Prevent Illness After Flu Season Sets In

As flu season sets in, health officials have a warning for parents. Even the healthiest kids are at risk of dying from influenza, according to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study found that of the 830 children in the United States who died from the flu from 2004 to 2012, more than 40 percent did not have any underlying medical condition that would put them at risk for complications such as asthma or heart disease. Pediatrician Doctor Lia Gaggino says the flu can spiral downward very quickly for even the healthiest kids.
 
The CDC recommends that all those older than six months be vaccinated against the flu, if there are no health reasons preventing the immunizations – such as allergies. Frequent hand-washing and sanitation of public surfaces can also minimize virus exposure. Gaggino stresses that while the vaccine can trigger a short-lived immune response that could cause some fatigue or soreness, there is no way to contract the virus from a flu shot or nasal spray.

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