Children are Hit Hard by the Flu


This year has been a severe season for the flu. It has particularly been brutal for children. Unfortunately, too many people believe we are nearing the end of the flu season. However, China is presently experiencing a major outbreak of the coronavirus flu which tripled during the last week. The mysterious illness has already struck more than 500 people and killed 17 in the huge country. It has spread to several of its major cities, including Beijing, as well as several other countries. The first case of this type of flu in the US was discovered in a male patient, in the state of Washington, during the last few days.

27 Children Have Died From The Flu This Year In The US
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 39 children in the US have died from the flu during this season. This is the highest number of pediatric flu deaths reported to this point in the year since 2003. That’s the first year the CDC started tracking flu deaths in children. During another of the worst flu seasons, 2017-2018 there were 13 deaths to this point in the season. By the end of that season, 187 children lost their life due to flu.

Children Are More Vulnerable To Catching The Flu
The CDC reports that each year about 50 percent of all children under the age of five, who die from the flu, were previously healthy. On the other hand, adults who die from the flu had a previous health condition that increased their risk of mortality. Since children are particularly susceptible to serious flu complications while being more responsive to the vaccine than adults, it is important that young children receive the vaccination. The vaccination should be given each year to children. It reduces the risk that the child will get sick. It also lowers the chance that an individual will pass on the virus to others in the family and in the community.

The Flu Shot
According to the CDC, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. The flu season usually begins in late September and can last through the month of May. The CDC suggests people get their flu shot by the end of October. The CDC recommends everyone at the age of six months and older get the shot. The Florida Department of Health recently reported that there have been more than 6.4 million cases of the flu this season. More than 55,000 people have been hospitalized. There have been more than 2,900 deaths nationwide resulting from the flu.
If you have the flu you need to make an effort not to spread it to your family and others in your community. You can do this by frequently washing your hands with soap and water. If this is not possible use an alcohol-based hand rub. When sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Sanitize frequently used surface areas in your home, school, and work area. Stay home from work, or school so you do not spread the virus.