Flu can be fatal for kids

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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 5:12 pm | Updated: 6:06 pm, Mon Oct 28, 2013.

When an otherwise healthy adult gets the flu, the impact is typically a couple of days home from work and lots of bed rest.

But when a child gets the flu the situation can be much more serious.

A new report finds 35% of the kids who died after getting the flu never made it to the hospital which is is why kids may want to get the flu vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control records show there were 830 pediatric flu-related deaths between October 2004 and September 2012.

Among the children who died, their average age was 7, about 40% of the children had no high-risk medical conditions, and 35% of them died before being admitted to the hospital.

Researchers say influenza can be fatal in children with or without risk factors and their best defense is to be vaccinated.

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