CDC: 105 US children died this flu season

March 22, 2013 by Mike Stobbe

(AP)—Health officials say the flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children—about the average toll.

The flu season started earlier than usual and ended up being moderately severe.

Roughly 100 children die in an average . One exception was the of 2009-2010, when 348 children died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the latest number Friday.

The CDC said 90 percent of the children who died had not been vaccinated. This year's vaccine didn't work very well in older people, but was considered effective in children.

Health officials say children 6 months and older should be vaccinated each year, but usually only about half get a or nasal spray.

Explore further: Flu remains widespread in US; eases in some areas

More information: CDC flu: www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

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