Edit ModuleShow Tags

Consequences of the Flu


Published:

Girl very sick with the fluThe Question:

What are the neurological consequences in children who contracted the H1N1 flu in 2009?

The Study:

Researchers at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY reviewed the hospital course of 164 children seen in their emergency room. All tested positive for H1N1.

The Results:

Of the 164 children, 31 were treated in the emergency room and sent home, 39 were admitted to the intensive care unit, and 94 were treated on the regular pediatric unit. Nearly 20 percent of the children experienced neurological complications including headache, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), polyneuropathy (multiple nerve problems), seizures, and malignant hyperthermia (extremely high fever). Six of the children died.

Comment:

Influenza is not a trifling illness. Each year it kills 20,000-30,000 people—usually the young and the old. The flu usually hits children before it spreads to adults. The flu vaccine is the best protection from this potentially deadly infection.

Read More:

Journal of Child Neurology, 04/12

For more information on children's health go to Pediatrics for Parents.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

How to Help If Your Kid Stutters

Many kids struggle with this communication disorder.

What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea in Kids

Know when it is more than just snoring.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk

You slather the sunscreen on the kids, but don't forget to take care of yourself.

What to Do if You Suffer From Incontinence (More Than Half of Women Do)

If you suffer from urinary incontinence, you aren't alone. We've got tips and treatments that can help you.

Reading, Writing and Belly Breathing: The Importance of Yoga and Meditation in School

From test anxiety to problems at home to just plain restlessness, yoga and meditation are helping students settle down in the classroom.