In the News: Swine Flu Death Toll for Children Raises to 76

By: Tiffani Haynes

Swine flu, otherwise known as H1N1, has been causing a panic around the country. This highly contagious respiratory strain of influenza causes flu-like symptoms but can potentially be fatal.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the death toll for children has risen to 76 with 19 of those deaths occurring within the past week. The CDC also explained that 37 states now have cases of swine flu.

With the spread of swine flu on the rise, children are being affected most. Some experts believe it is because older people have more established immune systems. Healthier children are also less likely to experience the serious results of swine flu.

According to the Associated Press, “Most healthy children recover and often suffer only mild symptoms. But some have died from it, often from a second infection that moves in while the body is weakened from the flu. Kids with asthma or chronic heart or respiratory conditions also are at greater risk for serious complications.”

Doctors around the country are encouraging the swine flu vaccine to help prevent the spread of the illness. It is also important to have the shots administered by the same doctor.

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