Deadly influenza deteriorate quite severe on kids — and won’t rise anytime soon

Fourteen thousand new influenza cases were reported final week, bringing a total for a season to some-more than 74,000. And pediatric deaths are on a rise. 

Ten-year-old Charlie Herndon’s insticts might have saved her life.

  • Overwhelmed by influenza cases, some ERs spin ambulances away

“I couldn’t unequivocally breathe, so we usually screamed via a whole house, ‘somebody call 911,'” Charlie said.

Her mother, Kristina Valenzia, rushed her to a puncture room.


Charlie Herndon is pang from this season’s nasty flu.

“She had a heat of 103,” Valenzia said. “They took a influenza test, and it came behind positive.”

The Centers for Disease Control reports 30 children have died from influenza given October, and a series of states strike with high flu-like illness is now adult to 32. 

“The widespread influenza pathogen out there is one we call H3N2 – it’s a some-more serious virus,” pronounced Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Schaffner pronounced this year’s influenza vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective.

With a influenza vaccine, “even if you’ve gotten a flu, notwithstanding carrying a vaccine, you’re expected to have a reduction serious case. You’re reduction expected to have complications like pneumonia, carrying to be hospitalized and dying,” Schaffner said. 


This season’s H3N2 influenza pathogen is spreading.

This widespread means impassioned measures opposite a country.  A few California hospitals built tents outward to support to studious overflow. 

Some churches are revelation parishioners to skip holding hands during request to equivocate germs – and all schools in Bonham, Texas sealed for a week, after influenza cases there soared.

Charlie also battled pneumonia, though after 3 weeks of treatment, she’s now home and healthy.

If we haven’t gotten a influenza shot yet, a CDC recommends we get one right divided so that it can usually assistance — and remember, influenza deteriorate peaks in February. 

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