Pediatric Flu Deaths Rising

The flu has reached an epidemic level, taking the lives of 10 young children.
3:00 | 01/18/14

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We have learned of ten more lost. Dr. Jenn Ashton tonight. Reporter: The flu season is in full swing and while it's not too late to get a flu shot, it is unfortunately too late for some of the youngest victims. It was just more than her body could handle. It was just more than her heart could take. Reporter: Savannah hide got sick and died nearly 72 hours later. She had not been vaccinated. Savannah was just 11 years old. In Texas, 13-year-old Lydia who was also unvaccinated lost her life to complications of the flu. But despite the repeated urging of dkoctors about the benefits of vaccination, one in five parents say they don't give their children the flu shot for fear they will get the flu from it which is a medical myth. With the amount of deaths that have occurred from this this year, I would say -- I would get a flu shot. Sad to hear about these cases. Dr. Jenn Ashton is with us tonight. When you see this dramatic rise in the number in the past week, what does that tell you? Nothing unexpected. We've expected these Numbers to go up and it tells us we are in the middle of a flu season. If you are a parent who hasn't gotten the flu shot for your kids, is there still time? Absolutely it's not too late. There is plenty of vaccine still available. The flu season goes to the end of March, even April and while it does usually take a full two weeks to get the complete immune protection from the vaccine, some benefits start to kick in right away so sooner is definitely better than never. Dr. Ashton with us tonight, thank you.

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