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Kids with epilepsy at higher risk during flu season

3D image of Influenza Virus

The CDC is currently featuring information on how children with neurologic disorders are at higher risk of death from flu. A study on the topic was recently published in Pediatrics, “Neurologic Disorders among Pediatric Deaths Associated with the 2009 Pandemic Influenza, 2012.”  

The Buzz
CBS, the AP, U.S. News and World Report, and other outlets across the country have picked up the story so don’t be surprised if you hear about it on the news. These stories give a brief snippet of the connection between epilepsy and flu. For a full picture, I encourage you to read the CDC’s feature on how flu impacts those living with epilepsy

Image of the H1N1 influenza virus taken
in the
CDC Influenza Laboratory.

If you want a little back-story, you are also welcome to visit my posts on flu and epilepsy from previous years:
Epilepsy and Flu 2009
Epilepsy and Flu 2010


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