Thursday, February 27, 2014

WaPo claims dramatic rise in child deaths from flu--but CDC graph shows lowest percentage of hospitalizations in children of past 5 flu seasons

The Washington Post  claimed last week: ‘Swine flu’ strain returns; dramatic rise in deaths of young adults, children.  But CDC does not collect info on young adult deaths.  It does collect info on child deaths, however.  And it collects data on hospitalizations. It is actually the 50-64 year olds who are suffering more hospitalizations this year.  Kids are doing quite well. Only 52 deaths in children have had an association with flu.  From CDC:

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