Doctor: Vast Majority of Children Who Died From Flu Last Year Weren't Immunized

Doctor: Vast Majority of Children Who Died From Flu Last Year Weren't Immunized

Source: My Northwest

It's been confirmed that a 5-year-old girl from Tacoma died after getting the flu. The strain she caught was H3N2 and she did not get a flu shot. There are three or four influenza strains included in this year's vaccine, depending on which one you get, and unfortunately, the strain the little girl caught (H3N2) is the least effective in the flu shot because it mutated. Still, the Center for Disease Control and our state's Department of Health will tell you that getting the flu shot will at least decrease the severity of the H3N2 strain. Getting a flu shot is also more than just personal health care, according to Dr. Matthew Kronman, who specializes in infectious diseases for Seattle Children's.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.