Protecting Kids From Household Meds, Flu

Sep 16, 2011 1:36pm

Two kids’ health stories in the news could serve as major wake-up calls for parents today.

The number of kids under 5 seeking emergency medical care because they came into contact with household pharmaceuticals spiked 28 percent between 2001 and 2008,  according to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The problem is so prevalent that one drug safety advocate told ABC News that even his own young daughter managed to get a hold of a bottle of Sudafed. Check out ABCNews.com’s coverage of this issue, including tips on keeping your children safe.

115 children died of the flu last year and most of them did not receive the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials said being young was a risk factor for flu complications. Read all about it.

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