This Flu season has been a particularly bad one and many children and families are being affected negatively. The virus has killed at least 37 children so far in the US and the Washington Post reported today that "health officials are predicting the pediatric death toll is likely to approach, if not exceed, the 148 deaths reported during the 2014-2015 flu season." This video by CNN Health outlines why Influenza can be so deadly and highlights its effects on children.
It's not too late to get a flu shot for your child! And, although there has been speculation on potential lower efficacy of the flu shot this season, it will still help in reducing symptoms if your child acquires flu. Also, please bring your child in for evaluation if they develop symptoms of the Flu, such as cough, fever, vomiting, muscle aches, lethargy. If caught early, Influenza infections can be treated with Tamiflu, which can greatly improve outcomes in certain situations.