H1N1 Flu Is A Serious Threat For Children In The 2010-2011 Influenza Season

H1N1 Flu Is A Serious Threat For Children In The 2010-2011 Influenza Season.


Among children hospitalized with the pandemic H1N1 flu behind year in California, more than one-fourth ended up in thorough mindfulness units or died, California Department of Public Health researchers report. "While hospitalization for 2009 H1N1 influenza in children appeared to transpire at nearly the same rates as with seasonal influenza, this study provides further exhibit that children, especially those with high-risk conditions, can be very ill with H1N1," said lead researcher Dr Janice K Louie. "Fortunately, not many children died. Those that did had many underlying conditions link. Antiviral medication given at cock crow seems to have lessened the fortune of severe illness".



Young people were hit hard by H1N1 flu, with 10- to 18-year-olds accounting for 40 percent of cases, the researchers noted south dakota. This was most suitable due to a want of immunity, which older people acquired through repeated flu vaccinations of different strains of H1N1 or orientation to other H1N1 strains, the experts pointed out.



Flu experts don't prevent the H1N1 flu will pose a serious threat in the 2010-2011 flu season, but the study authors aver doctors should promptly treat children with underlying risk factors, especially infants, who get the flu. "My notion is that we are over the hump," said Dr Marc Siegel, an associate professor of c physic at New York University in New York City. "I am expecting this to be part of the seasonal flu this year, unless it mutates".



The many kin exposed to the H1N1 flu and the sizable host vaccinated against it have created a large herd immunity, which should blunt this flu strain. In addition, the known seasonal flu vaccine, which is recommended for everyone 6 months old and up, contains sponsorship from H1N1 flu.



For the study, published in the November issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Louie's tandem examined the medical records of 345 children who were hospitalized or died from the H1N1 flu between April 23 and Aug 11 of 2009. Their median period was 6 years. During that time, 3,5 per 100000 children were hospitalized, most younger than 6 months, the researchers noted.



Most of these children (67 percent) suffered from other healthiness problems as well as the flu. Nearly 60 percent had pneumonia, 27 percent were admitted to an intensified dolour module and 3 percent died, Louie's group found. "Overall, rates of hospitalization in this patient series were similar to seasonal influenza, with infants under twelve months of long time having the highest rates".



Sixty-nine percent were treated with antiviral drugs, the study authors reported. "Children who had a optimistic rapid test or who were treated with antivirals early in their illness were less likely to want intensive care unit admission or die". Intensive care hospitalization and death were more apposite among children with heart disease, cerebral palsy or developmental problems, the authors added.



Hispanic and treacherous children were less likely to die or need intensive care than white children, Louie's troupe said. "For children with influenza-like symptoms, especially those with high-risk conditions, clinicians should have violent suspicion for infection with influenza". And parents should get their children, especially those with underlying health issues, vaccinated against the flu.



In another bang in the same journal issue, researchers looked at children hospitalized for H1N1 flu in Israel. Dr Michal Stein of Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, and colleagues found the company of children hospitalized and the dangerousness of illness were similar to the findings in the study by Louie and colleagues. "In conclusion, our ponder showed that the severity and mortality of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in Israel were milder than those described in earlier publications and were like to the figures reported in the literature on seasonal influenza," the researchers wrote cheap. "Children with underlying metabolic and neurologic disorders paint the put together at highest risk for severe complications following 2009 influenza A (H1N1) infection," they concluded.

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