Rapid Rise in Pediatric Flu Deaths

From the Washington Post:

The deaths of another 19 children and teenagers from the new H1N1 virus were reported in the past week around the country, including two in Maryland, pushing the total number of fatalities to 76 among those younger than age 18, officials said. It was the largest number of pediatric deaths reported in a single week since the pandemic began last spring.

“These pediatric deaths seem to be increasing substantially,” said Anne Schuchat, who heads the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

While most of the children who have died have had other health problems that made them particularly vulnerable, such as asthma, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, about 20 percent to 30 percent were otherwise healthy, Schuchat said.

Between 46 and 88 children died from the seasonal flu in each of the last three years, so the fact that so many have already succumbed is disturbing, Schuchat said.

“It’s only the beginning of October,” she said, noting that the flu season usually starts much later and runs through May. “We saw a peak of deaths, you know, starting April, May, June. It started to level off this summer. Now it’s starting to shoot up again.”

In addition to the two deaths in Maryland, three were reported in Tennessee, seven occurred in Texas and one occurred in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

I would hope that parents with the most vulnerable children ensure that the children are vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their area.


3 Responses so far »

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    The CDC, and big media are saying that H1N1 vaccines are safe. Yet the vaccine manufacturers are definitely not making this claim themselves! Smells like rotten eggs to me. Proof of this omission comes from vaccine manufacturer’s own product literature (see link below). Why is nobody noting this undeniable yet glaring inconsistency?

    H1N1 Vaccines and Our Children: The details are in the fine print! http://wp.me/pC1DX-34

    WARNING: Safety and effectiveness of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers or children <6 months of age. References from the CDC included in the above link. Seeing is believing so take a look not only for yourself, but for your family as well.

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    Pixie's Great Uncle said,

    There are two confirmed cases in the little town my daughter lives in, 20 miles northwest of our house in Wichita. The grandkids are doing fine! So no worry there. But there have been some fatalities in Kansas but they have had other more severe health problems.

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    kc said,

    The Pixie got the first of 2 snoot-fulls of vaccine on her birthday. Didn’t cry at the needles, but got mighty pissy at that spray. The second is due to be administered around Thanksgiving.

    Medical experts have confirmed Grandma Karla’s diagnosis – she’s small but otherwise in fine shape. Durh…

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