Doctors are encouraging people to get flu shots for their kids- because of an increase in flu-related staph infections. A national report shows 22 children died in the 2006-2007 season compared to the 3 cases in the season before.
Doctors have seen some local flu-related staph infections, but no deaths. They say flu virus weakens disease-fighting blood cells. Pediatrician Dr. Barry Gray (OSF St. Francis Medical Center) said,"About one in every 4 people carry staph and normally its not doing a thing so when the influenza virus comes along and disrupts the superficial skin type layer of the lungs then the person becomes more susceptible."
The typical flu season begins this month and runs through may. Doctors encourage adults to get flu shots, too. Doctors are also working on an egg free version of the flu shot because so many people are allergic to eggs. I will post that story in a few weeks.
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