CDC Flu Wrap

The Center for Disease Control has reported 21 flu-related deaths among children across 15 states during the week ending November 14. The numbers went down from the previous 35 cases in 17 states.

Colorado posted three incidents of death followed by Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, and Oregon with two each. Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin have one case each.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reported a total of eight pediatric deaths as of Nov. 14. While there are more adult cases of flu-associated deaths, the 6-23 month and 2-4 year age groups have the two highest flu-associated hospitalization rates.

According to the CDC, there have been 266 flu-related pediatric deaths thus far in 2009. There were 90 in 2008, 77 in 2007, 43 in 2006 and 45 in 2005.

To get protection against influenza, vaccination remains the best option. But there are growing concerns about flu vaccines, even for the seasonal flu, after incidents of debilitating side-effects were reported by the media. Health authorities maintain though that these are isolated cases and that people should consult with their doctors.