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State announces first child flu death

Posted January 13, 2014
Updated January 16, 2014

— North Carolina has reported its first child flu death for the 2013-14 season.

An infant in the eastern part of the state died on Monday from complications with influenza. The infant’s hometown, county and sex were not released. The child was too young to receive a flu vaccination, state health officials said.

This season, 22 people have died from the flu; 19 were young and middle-aged adults. Most had underlying medical conditions. Only two deaths were of people over 65.

With flu season peaking in January and February, health officials are expecting high levels of flu activity.

From the CDC:

  • Children 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine.
  • Children younger than 6 months cannot get the flu vaccine. Here are prevention tips to keep them healthy.
  • Parents and caregivers of children younger than 5 or with chronic health conditions should get the flu vaccine.
  • If your child is younger than 5 or has any chronic health conditions and experiences flu-like symptoms contact a health care provider as soon as possible. 

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  • Kelv Jan 14, 2014

    They really don't even know if the flu shot is safe let alone effective for children under two years old. So little is known you might want to write the industry if you come up with something on your own. Check out this study looking for the research on kids in 2008: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16437500

    ...another look in 2010:


    ...updated 2012:


  • piratepeople2 Jan 14, 2014

    I fail to see how whether or not you are for/against Obamacare has anything to do with this. Those who are insured have coverage for the vaccine. Children who are currently uninsured/medicaid eligible can receive the vaccine at no cost since it is furnished by NC .

  • carrboroyouth Jan 13, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Infant immune systems cannot adequately process the flu antigens in the vaccine to make antibodies. It's too immature, so it's pointless to give them the shot. I am sorry for the family as well.

  • Inside The Beltline Jan 13, 2014

    If you're against Obamacare, you're for more children dying from treatable diseases like the influenza virus.

  • mafiamic Jan 13, 2014

    Even though the flu shot doesn't do good for many people,that is wrong that they were too young to receive it.Why?,they just gave a Lung transplant to a 10 year old in PA last year.
    Who determines what is too young or old?
    Sorry for the family.

  • Whatgoesaroundcomesaround Jan 13, 2014

    The lady does not have any gloves on... Wouldn't be giving me my shot:(