Vaccines help prevent flu deaths in children, CDC study finds

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"Though uncommon, influenza-associated deaths among children occur annually, with varying incidence depending on the severity of the influenza season". All had been diagnosed with the flu before their deaths or were diagnosed during autopsy, Flannery said.

Three-quarters of the children who died did not have the vaccine and 2/3 of kids with underlying health problems were not vaccinated.

Just under half of children were vaccinated against flu in the period studied, according to the broadcaster. These pre-existing medical conditions increased the risk of influenza complications that led to hospitalization and death.

The woman has not exhibited symptoms of rabies, the centers said, adding that people should avoid approaching or capturing wild animals, while owners of pet cats or dogs should have them vaccinated against rabies each year.

"We're concerned that vaccination rates could be lower this year because the mist isn't available", CDC Director Tom Frieden said, the Post reported. During the 2011-2012 flu season, 37 died from the virus but the 2009 flu pandemic saw 358 deaths. The case-cohort analysis compared vaccination uptake among lab-confirmed influenza-associated pediatric deaths with estimated vaccination coverage among pediatric cohorts in the United States from July 2010 through June 2014.

"(The flu shot) reduced the chances of dying of flu by 65 percent but it was not 100 percent", said flu vaccine researcher Dr. John Treanor of the University of Rochester Medical Center. "That's very important information to have, especially for families of high-risk kids".

The flu vaccine saves children's lives, according to new research.

In September, US health officials had expressed new concerns over new flu vaccine recommendations which could result in fewer children receiving their vaccinations. Through this recent study, researchers were looking to assess whether the influenza vaccination actually reduced the risk of flu-related death in children and adolescents. Kids who are pretty healthy can also become severely ill with the flu and even suffer from the disease like pneumonia, heart disease, diabetes and sickle cell anemia.

Getting "the flu" is never fun regardless of your age, but the illness can be particularly unsafe for children. Receiving the flu shot would also provide protection for infants during their first six months of life.

The adult vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy in Dallas.

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