Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Most U.S. Kids Who Die from Flu Are Unvaccinated

While flu season may have peaked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 36 states including New York and New Jersey continue to report widespread flu activity Most U.S. Kids Who Die from Flu Are Unvaccinated
Melissa Porter | 05 April, 2017, 03:00

New research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows the flu shot is protecting children.

Among the healthy children who died of the flu, just 20 percent had received a seasonal flu vaccine.

Overall, it seems that the flu vaccine stil reduces the risk of death, at least for half of the kids with high-risk conditions and by almost two-thirds among those without the said conditions.

The Journal Pediatrics reports that almost three of four children who die from the flu weren't vaccinated.

The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated against the flu each season.

Dying of the flu isn't common at all, especially for children.

The effectiveness of the vaccine among children with high-risk health conditions was at 51 percent, which the authors class as a "significant" benefit. The incidence of such cases varies depending on the severity of the flu season.

The authors said that while observational studies used all-cause mortality and overestimated the effects of influenza vaccination on mortality in adults, "to our knowledge, this is the first study to use laboratory-confirmed outcomes to investigate influenza VE against influenza-associated deaths", they wrote.

"With an imperfect vaccine, we'll still see deaths from the flu", Flannery said.

"We still can't say if the vaccine prevents a more severe influenza among children [if they get the flu despite being vaccinated]", said Flannery. So far this year, there have been 61 pediatric deaths from influenza.

The paper titled "Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Against Pediatric Deaths: 2010-2014" was published this month in the journal Pediatrics. These records suggest that in only 26 percent of these fatalities were the children vaccinated against influenza. However, a few years before that, around 358 died in one season. It makes you think the vaccine works less well than it does. In the United States, October through April is generally the season for flu.