A new report underscores what health professionals know, but parents may not. Influenza, or the Flu for short, can be fatal to children, even healthy kids who don't have other medical conditions.
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 830 kids died from flu-related complications between October 2004 and September 2012.
Most of those children had not gotten a flu vaccine. The report also shows that 43 percent of the kids who died from flu complications were otherwise healthy and didn't have high-risk medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or cancer.
The CDC recommends that all children 6 months or older get the flu vaccine every year. Children younger than 9 who are receiving the vaccine for the first time need two doses.
The No. 1 reason people give for not getting the flu shot is the fear that the vaccine will make them sick. But the CDC says that is a myth. The flu vaccine will not give you the flu.
If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, now is the time to get one. The CDC says that as of right now, flu activity in the United States is low, but it is expect to climb as the season progresses.