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Houston reports first flu-related death of child this season

Houston reports first flu-related death of child this season

The new study - which analyzed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014 - provides added reassurance that the vaccines do not harm babies.

Health officials said they encourage people 6 months old and older to get vaccinated for the flu.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We really do believe in acceptance of the vaccine, the flu vaccine".

Both influenza and pertussis, nicknamed whooping cough because of the sounds patients make as they gasp for air during intense coughing fits, are most severe and potentially lethal for newborns who are too young to be vaccinated, researchers note in Pediatrics. Of those newborns, 25,222 were hospitalized and 157 died within the first six months of life.

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Shah recommends anyone showing signs of the flu to see a physician to get tested and get treatment.

140 children tested positive for the flu between February 13 and February 19 at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital, which the center said was lower than previous weeks and on a downward trend according to Erica Estep at ETCH. In fact, babies whose moms got the Tdap vaccine were less likely to end up in the hospital for respiratory infections. These steps will help prevent respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus. The administration had no information related to the cause of death. "These changes also predispose women to an increased severity of influenza during pregnancy", Sukumaran said.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says 13 people have died in the county as a result of the flu - one more than last week.


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