Many of the 115 reported U.S. kids deaths from influenza last year were those who did not get the annual vaccine.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for children as young as six months old, yet less than a quarter of the 74 children over age six months who died between September 2010 and August 2011 had been vaccinated.The CDC said parents often mistakenly think healthy children can survive a bout of the flu, but that is not always so.
Among the deaths detailed in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released on Thursday, the team found about half of the children had no prior medical condition that would put them at increased risk of flu complications.
The researchers said being young is itself a flu risk factor. Of the children who died, 46 percent were younger than 5 and 29 percent were younger than 2.
Some people thing vaccines are potentially dangerous. That's not the case. What the vaccines protect against are infinitely more dangerous, so it just makes sense to get the shots.
Just think of what those kids could be doing right now had they been protected.
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