There weren’t any pediatric fatalities reported for this same time period in the previous three flu seasons.
With vaccine hesitancy recently cited by the World Health Organization as one of the leading threats to global health, it’s hard to overemphasize the benefits of preventative vaccines, especially among children.
This past week, a 4-year-old girl became the first child to die from flu complications in Dallas County this season. Ashanti Grinage was initially diagnosed with the flu, but she was later found to have pneumonia as well, a common complication of flu.
An addition or alternative to RIDTs that may offer advantages, particularly for patients with additional risk factors such as a compromised immune system, is a multiplex PCR (polymerase chain reaction) panel.