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Friday, August 10, 2007
Scientific American: Flu child death rate increase; Might have pre-emptive vaccine

In Australia there's been what seems to be a similar situation, except as our population is < 10 % of the USA, so is our death toll.
Flu killed 68 children in USA this season: CDC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influenza killed at least 68 children in America during the latest flu season and a third of them had a worrying new complication, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
The 2006-2007 annual flu season never reached epidemic stage, but doctors should keep a lookout for such dangerous cases in children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The CDC issued an alert in May for deaths of children who were infected with both flu and a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. It said 21 of the children who died also had such infections, some of them resistant to antibiotics.
"Only one pediatric death with influenza and S. aureus coinfection had been reported during 2004-05, and three had been reported during the 2005-06 season," the CDC report said.

I'm trying to not spend as much time on working this blog, but sometimes I throw in something like this. Maybe this one's less cheerful than others — here's something more hopeful:
New vaccine may beat bird flu before it starts


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