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

New Research Says Picky Eating May be Linked to Anxiety and Depression

A new study found a correlation between picky eating and symptoms of anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders

How to Avoid Poison Ivy

You've heard the "leaves of three" thing, but here's how to identify the poisonous plant even in the winter.

Could Feeding Babies Formula Put them at Risk for Arsenic Poisoning?

Looking for another reason to breastfeed? A new study shows that baby formula could have arsenic in it when mixed with tap water

Can Breast Milk Make Your Baby Smarter?

A new study shows that breastfeeding may really make your baby smarter.

What You Need to Know About Modern Braces

Braces have changed a lot, here's what you need to know before you take your kid to the orthodontist.

Add your comment: