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Friday, October 28, 2016

'Flu vaccination' - She didn’t think a flu shot was necessary — until her daughter died at 12.

'Flu vaccination' - She didn’t think a flu shot was necessary — until her daughter died at 12. (Napo).

Piper Lowery had a fever that soared to 40.5 degrees.

It hurt for her to walk, and she was breathing heavily, her mother said. She was also bleeding from her nose and vomiting blood.

On Jan. 16, just four days after she got sick, Piper collapsed in the parking lot of a children’s hospital in Tacoma, Wash. By then, the H1N1 flu had already attacked her kidneys.

Piper died shortly before 12:30 p.m. that day. She was 12 years old. Read the full story here.

From Health Canada:

Influenza is a respiratory illness caused primarily by the influenza A and B viruses.
While most people recover in 7 to 10 days, severe illness can occur. Some groups are at a greater risk of influenza-related complications.
It is estimated that influenza causes approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.
FluWatch, Canada's national influenza surveillance system, provides up-to-date information about currently circulating influenza strains
Getting vaccinated against influenza each autumn is the best way to help prevent influenza infection.

There are antiviral drugs, including oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza®), currently authorized for influenza treatment and prophylaxis in Canada.

Risk groups for influenza-related complications:

The people at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization include:
  • all pregnant women (risk increases with length of gestation)
  • adults and children with the following chronic health conditions:
    • cardiac or pulmonary disorders
    • diabetes mellitus and other metabolic diseases
    • cancer and other immune compromising conditions
    • renal disease
    • anemia or hemoglobinopathy
    • neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
    • morbid obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 40)
    • children up to 18 years of age undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
  • residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
  • people 65 years of age and older
  • all children younger than 60 months of age
  • Indigenous peoples
Annual influenza vaccination is the most effective way to help prevent influenza and its complications.

Every year, NACI issues a seasonal influenza statement that informs practitioners about the vaccines authorized for use that season. Further clinical guidance regarding influenza vaccination, including vaccine administration advice and safety considerations, can be found in the Canadian Immunization Guide. More info here.

US Gov Flu mortality numbers:
  • Number of deaths one year : 4,605
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 1.4

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