CDC Flu Wrap

The Center for Disease Control has reported 18 flu-related deaths among children that occurred in nine states during the week ending October 31.

California confirmed the most number with eight cases followed by Louisiana and Texas with two each.  New York, Indiana, Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia all have one death each.

Western States Central has the highest flu-related deaths so far in 2009 with 46 cases, 34 of which were reported in Texas. The Department of State Health Services in Texas has already classified flu activity in the state as “widespread”.

New York City is closely following with 31 cases so far this year.

According to the CDC, there have been 210 flu-related deaths among children thus far in 2009. There were 90 in 2008, 77 in 2007, 43 in 2006 and 45 in 2005. At the current rate, the figure is expected to swell higher as the United States enters the winter season when flu cases are more prevalent.

Flu poses more danger to children than the common cold does, and the CDC recommends that all children aged 6 months get a seasonal flu vaccine up until their 19th birthday.