Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease as a Risk Factor for Respiratory Failure in Children Hospitalized With Influenza Infection

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual influenza vaccination for children with certain chronic medical conditions to prevent serious complications of influenza infection. Little is known about the relative contribution of each of these chronic medical conditions to the development of serious influenza-associated complications. [Read more]
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Kids With Neurological, Neuromuscular Diseases Need Flu Shot

While U.S. health officials already recommend that a number of children with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disorders, be vaccinated for influenza, a new study finds another group of children should be added to that list–those with neurological or neuromuscular diseases.
The reason, according to the study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that these children face a higher risk of serious flu-related complications. In fact, the study found that children with neurological or neuromuscular diseases (NNMD) are at a six-fold greater risk of flu-related respiratory failure. [Read more]

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