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Study: Flu leading to staph infections in more children

Study: Flu leading to staph infections in more children



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A government report found more children have been getting seriously ill from the flu because they also get a staph infection.

Health experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control say the number of children dying from the flu around the country isn't large but it has been increasing. They've also noticed hard-to-treat complications from the flu have been going up.

Rebecca Ward with the Utah Department of Health says this should be a good reminder that children ages 6 months through 18 years should get regular flu shots.

Ward says the goal is "preventing those serious illnesses and complications that can result when children that young get influenza."

The flu is thought to make people more susceptible to bacterial infections like staph.

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E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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Randall Jeppesen

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