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Vaccination Reduces a Child’s Risk of Dying from Flu
A CDC study has found that being vaccinated against flu reduced the risk of death associated with flu in kids with other medical conditions by 51%. Vaccination cuts the risk of death in otherwise healthy kids by 65%.
This finding is based on data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014. During that time, there were 358 cases of children’s death that were confirmed to be associated with flu. Researchers estimated how effective flu vaccine was at preventing flu-related deaths by comparing vaccination status of the children who died to comparison groups. Comparison groups were obtained from national surveys and a database of commercial insurance claims.
The study’s findings underscore the importance of having all children aged 6 months and older vaccinated against flu, as the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.
Flannery B, Reynolds SB, Blanton L, et al.: Influenza vaccine effectiveness against pediatric deaths: 2010-2014. Pediatrics. Published Online April 03, 2017. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-4244