The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that shows that 830 children died from the flu between 2004 and 2012. Of these deaths, over 40 percent were healthy kids before contracting the flu, and very few had received flu shots.
Guidelines recommend that everyone over the age of six month receive a flu shot each year. Sadly, the CDC shows that 511 of the children that were flu victims were eligible to receive a vaccine, but did not.
“Healthy kids are at risk, too. I think that’s something that a lot of people don’t recognize,” study researcher Dr. Karen Wong, of the CDC, told LiveScience.”People can get very sick very quickly, even if they don’t have an underlying medical condition.”
“Over 40 percent of the children who died had been previously healthy and very few of these children had been vaccinated,” 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.”
Kids with health problems, such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, genetic or lung disorders are at a much higher risk, but all children that can be vaccinated, should be vaccinated.