There have been a number of recent reports towards a jump in child deaths due to the flu. In the last 12 days, there have been 30 flu related fatalities in children, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Considering the slow rate in which the CDCP gathers date, odds are this number is even higher.
Since this is the beginning of flu seasons, many doctors expect this number to rise still. Dr. John Williams, a professor and division chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recommends vaccinating your children, stating that even if it only helps a little, it’s better than nothing.
The CDCP has stated that local medical centers should still be able to access a ready supply of the vaccine for the season. Many conglomerate Pharmacies like Walgreens, Walmart, and Kroger, have also been given special permission this season to administer vaccinations.
The flu itself isn’t an emergency problem and can be treated as a standard illness. Parents should still pay attention to their kids’ symptom, and bring them to emergency services if they notice any of the following:
- Fast or troubled breathing
- Bluish skin
- They don’t drink fluids
- Cannot be awakened
This isn’t just for kids, adults should also seek medical help should they experience the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness or confusion
- Severe vomiting
Stay healthy, preppers.