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Are Vaccinated Children Dying from the Flu?

We know that kids die from the flu, not just this year, but every year.

In most years, flu deaths in children mostly occur in kids who weren't vaccinated.
In most years, flu deaths in children mostly occur in kids who weren’t vaccinated.

In fact, on average, just over 100 kids die of the flu each year!

The flu is a terrible disease.

How Many Kids Die from the Flu?

The CDC started to track pediatric flu deaths in the fall of 2004, when it became nationally reportable. This followed a particularly bad 2003-04 flu season (H3N2-predominant), during which the CDC got reports of 153 pediatric deaths from only 40 states.

Since then, the number of pediatric flu deaths has ranged from a low of 1, during the 2020-21 flu season, to a high of 288 deaths during the swine flu pandemic.

  • 2004-05 flu season – 47 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2005-06 flu season – 46 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2006-07 flu season – 77 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2007-08 flu season – 88 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2008-09 flu season – 137 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2009-10 flu season – 288 pediatric flu deaths (swine flu pandemic)
  • 2010-11 flu season – 124 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2011-12 flu season – 37 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2012-13 flu season – 169 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2013-14 flu season – 111 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2014-15 flu season – 147 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2015-16 flu season – 94 pediatric flu deaths
  • 2016-17 flu season – 110 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2017-18 flu season – 185 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2018-19 flu season – 144 pediatric flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2019-20 flu season – 199 flu deaths
  • 2020-21 flu season – 1 flu death
  • 2021-22 flu season – 49 flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)
  • 2022-23 flu season – 181 flu deaths (H3N2-predominant)

That’s an average of about 118 flu deaths in children each year.

Are Vaccinated Children Dying from the Flu?

This year’s flu season is underway, mixed in with the COVID pandemic.

While the number of kids who die with flu is much less than the COVID deaths we have been seeing, we can still expect pediatric flu deaths, and like previous flu seasons, we know that:

  • many of them will be otherwise healthy, without an underlying high risk medical condition
  • half will be between 5 to 17 years old

And most of them will be unvaccinated.

“During past seasons, approximately 80% of flu-associated deaths in children have occurred in children who were not vaccinated. Based on available data, this remains true for the 2017-2018 season, as well.”

CDC on How many flu-associated deaths occur in people who have been vaccinated?

And we also know that it isn’t too late to get a flu shot to get protected for the rest of this year’s flu season.

What to Know About Pediatric Flu Deaths

The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but there is no denying the fact that year after year, most pediatric flu deaths are in kids who weren’t vaccinated.

More on Pediatric Flu Deaths

1 thought on “Are Vaccinated Children Dying from the Flu?”

  1. I got my flu shot yesterday September 13, 2018. Last year I had the flu and it was not a pleasant thought to think I had the chance to get a flu shot and I refused it. It made me how that I would get it as soon as it was offered. It was 38.99 and covered 100% by insurance. Go get it ask for single dosage no thimerosal.

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