Even though most toddlers will recover quickly and without complications, the flu can be dangerous for some young children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children aged 6 months to 5 years face a significant risk of developing complications due to the flu.
The illness results in between 7,000–26,000 child admissions to the hospital every year. Although it is very rare, the flu can be fatal for some children.
According to the CDC, children are at a higher risk of getting the flu and experiencing complications when they have additional health concerns. These concerns include:
The CDC also state that children who are of Native American or Alaskan Native heritage are more likely to experience severe cases of flu than others.
Researchers have found that children with asthma and preexisting neurological problems may also be more vulnerable to the complications that flu can cause.
For young children, potential complications are:
- ear infections
- sinus infections
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