-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Children and young adults
with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions are at high
risk for complications from the flu and should receive flu
vaccinations, say health officials who investigated a flu outbreak
in Ohio in February 2011.
Of the 130 people living at a residential facility for children
and young adults with neurological and neurodevelopmental
conditions, 76 (58 percent) developed respiratory illness. Thirteen
became severely ill and seven died.
All 13 residents who became severely ill had multiple
neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, which may have
hindered early diagnosis and treatment of the flu and contributed
to the severity of their illness, said the research team from the
Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC).
The investigators said doctors need to watch for signs of flu
among children and young adults with neurological and
neurodevelopmental conditions, especially during flu season.
Because these people are at high risk for flu-related
complications, vaccination should be part of an overall prevention
program that also includes giving antiviral drugs in the early
stages of flu, ideally within 48 hours of the first symptoms, the
The report appears in the Jan. 6 issue of the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC.
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