Record 172 children killed by flu this season, highest number in more than a decade
Between October and May, 172 children died from the flu, according to new numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the deadliest single flu season for children since the government began keeping track of pediatric deaths in 2004, excluding pandemics.
Until now, the 2012-2013 flu season was the worst, killing 171 children under 18 years old, the CDC reported. Only the swine flu pandemic in 2009, when 358 children died, was deadlier than this year’s flu season.
The agency said 80 percent of the children killed by the flu were not vaccinated.
“These deaths are a somber reminder of the importance of flu vaccination and the potential seriousness of flu,” the agency said in a press release on its website.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution