Flu Season: How Bad Will It Be?
The influenza virus is so unpredictable that it’s still too early to tell how bad the upcoming flu season will be, or whether flu vaccines will work better or worse than usual this year. That’s why Americans of every age should get vaccinated within the next month. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children’s says that even if a healthy child over 2 is unlikely to get extremely ill from the flu, that child could still pass the virus on to a younger sibling or a grandparent who is more vulnerable.
About Seattle Children’s
Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.
Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.
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