Pediatric Flu Concern

Three deaths of children from the flu have been reported in Michigan recently.

The deaths serve as a reminder of the risk that the flu can sometimes pose to kids.

One of the young victims was a six-month-old baby from southwest Michigan.

The others were a six-year-old from southwest Michigan and a 13-year-old from central Michigan.

Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone at least six months old, every year.

Fred Benzie of the Marquette County Health Department says some children up to age eight need two doses, and he says the Michigan Department of Community Health has been trying to spread word of that for the last several years.

The second dose should be given at least 28 days after the first dose.

Health care providers use the Michigan Care Improvement Registry to see if two doses are recommended for your child.

Public health departments, private physicians and pharmacies all have plenty of flu vaccine this year.