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CDC Report Finds Prevalence of Fatal Flu in Low-Risk Children

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new report finds kids with no high-risk medical conditions were more likely to die of influenza than those considered high-risk.

The Centers for Disease Control has found that over the past eight flu seasons, almost half of the kids who have died from the flu were otherwise healthy.

“Over 40 percent of the children who died had been previously healthy and very few of these children had been vaccinated,” CDC Medical Officer Dr. Karen Wong explains. “About a third of the children died within three days of their first reported symptom and most of the children died within a week.”

Wong says this is evidence that any child could be at risk of dying from the flu.

“I think a lot of parents may not recognize that the flu can cause really serious complications in children, even those who are healthy,” she added.

The Centers for Disease Control highly recommends that both children and adults receive the annual influenza vaccine.

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