The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with Family Voices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health advocates want the disability community to know that children with neurologic disorders and developmental disabilities are at higher risk of death from flu.
This fall is the time to schedule flu shots for children with special needs, their family members and caregivers, in order to minimize this risk.
If you need assistance in locating a place to get a flu shot, please call The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center at 866-931-1110.
Children with neurologic disorders at high risk of death from flu
Health care and advocacy groups join to protect children most vulnerable to influenza
A disproportionately high number of children with neurologic disorders died from influenza-related complications during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a study by scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report in the journal Pediatricsunderscores the importance of influenza vaccination to protect children with neurologic disorders. CDC is joining with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Families Fighting Flu and Family Voices to spread the message about the importance of influenza vaccination and treatment in these children.