TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Flu season leaves 105 children dead across U.S.

This year's flu season is coming to an end, leaving 105 children dead across the U.S., about the average toll, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the season was only moderately severe.

Officials at the CDC said that all but four of the children who died as a result of the flu were old enough to be vaccinated but only 10 percent were actually vaccinated. Though this year's vaccine proved to be effective in children, it was not as effective for the elderly, who were severely affected by this year's flu, the Associated Press reports.

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for all children 6 months and older, and about half get a nasal spray or flu shot.

While the CDC only keeps a flu death count for children, it does track hospitalization rates for citizens age 65 and older. Of the elderly, 177 out of every 100,000 individuals were hospitalized with flu-related illness, a rate nearly 2.5 times higher than recent flu seasons, according to the Associated Press.

The flu season began in December, one month earlier than average, and peaked by the beginning of the year.

"We appear to be getting close to the end of flu season," the CDC's Dr. Michael Jhung said, the Associated Press reports.