Flu Hits Children Hard This Season

By: Lindsey Yates
By: Lindsey Yates

The already bad flu season seems to be getting worse, with the CDC saying 48 states are reporting widespread flu activity.

It is hitting the elderly and children the hardest.

Twenty-nine children have died from the influenza nationwide.

Local Pediatrician Doctor Debbie Sowell says the flu shot was not 100 percent effective, and did not cover certain strains of the virus this year, therefore she has seen a noticeable increase in kids coming down with the flu.

It's not only the flu parents need to worry about but what the flu can develop into that is potentially dangerous to children.

"Children unfortunately it's the secondary effects of the flu. It's not the flu that makes them the sickest but the secondary effects such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, sometimes sinus infections. So it's the secondary things were worried about,"says Dr. Debbie Sowell, Pediatrician at Graves Gilbert Clinic.

Dr. Sowell says she has already seen two kids today that have both the flu and pneumonia.

She adds, it's important to catch symptoms early so the virus can be treated before it becomes dangerous.

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