It remains to be seen how bad or how long this year’s flu season will last. But one thing is already clear: it is proving to be a particularly lethal season for infected children. Fed by a strain of influenza to which children may be especially vulnerable, less than two months after the flu season 39 children have already died, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Behind that number are tragedies like this:
Just after New Year’s Day, the flu claimed the life of Lacie Rian Fisher, 15, of Canton, North Carolina. Fisher was a healthy and athletic teenager with no known pre-existing medical problems, but had not yet been vaccinated with this year’s flu. vaccine, USA Today reported. He died only three days after feeling sick for the first time.