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#1 of 4 Old 03-04-2007, 11:27 AM - Thread Starter
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They just had a short 30 second blurb on our local news. They stated we are only halfway through flu season.

Then they put a bulleted list up on the screen stating that 4 children have died already in Houston this flu season from the flu, That patients 24 yrs of age and younger make up the majority of flu pts, and that Doctors say it isn't too late to get your flu vaccine.

Has anyone else heard about these deaths yet?
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Here's some bits:
Officials said the 11-year-old San Antonio girl, who died over the weekend, had some underlying health problems, but they wouldn't release details on her condition or her identity.

Her death follows that of a 16-year-old Williamson County girl who died two weeks ago after coming down with the flu. She had no other serious health problems, officials said.
SOURCE: http://www.khou.com/news/state/stori...s.6b9d198.html

Dr. Demmler said all but one of the children died after getting a secondary staph infection -- a common but mysterious complication of flu.
SOURCE: http://www.khou.com/news/local/stori....1059b907.html
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It happens every year and will continue to happen every year. The flu does kill people sometimes.

What I'd like to see happen. Is for us to start researching why most survive the flu just fine. Then every once in a while a "healthy" 16 year old dies out of nowhere from it. What's different in their bodies? What's going on here?

Seems a lot more effective than pumping more money into the flu vaccine and it's campaining when it proves itself useless year after year after year.
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a) How do they confirm the staph infection as secondary to the flu? Couldn't the staph have made them more susceptible to the flu? I wish they would report ALL of the details. I would guess that they were immunocompromised, otherwise, why wouldn't more teenagers not be coming down with both?

b) Wasn't the APA thinking of pushing the flu vaccine as late as April/May b/c there are stockpiles of it since it has been a mild year? LI, do you know where that link is?
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