Pediatric Influenza Fatalities Increase this Flu Season
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week that the number of hospital admissions with laboratory-confirmed influenza had decreased for the first time since January 2022.
However, (1) influenza-associated pediatric death was reported during week #17.
The CDC's data published on May 6, 2022, indicates there have been (24) pediatric deaths reported during the 2021-2022 flu season.
This unfortunate news compares with last flu season when only one pediatric death was confirmed.
However, this data is far below the previous flu seasons, when (199) and (144) flu-related deaths were confirmed in 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The CDC did report some good news regarding the annual flu shot.
Most influenza viruses detected this year are A(H3N2) and are genetically closely related to the vaccine virus.
Most importantly, influenza vaccines do not cause seasonal flu since they are made with either killed or weakened viruses.
The CDC continues recommending most children older than six months of age get an annual flu shot.
On Feb. 17, 2022, the U.S. CDC published updated influenza vaccine schedules for children for 2022.
Influenza vaccine news is posted at PrecisionVaccinations.com/Flu.
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