Eleven year old William Argumendo is waiting to get a flu vaccine.
His mother, Claudia Duque, makes sure he gets one every year. "Because when he gets sick it triggers his asthma," she said.
Now a new study from the centers for disease control and prevention shows that the flu vaccine is also critical for children who don't have health issues. Researchers looked at pediatric flu related deaths and found 43 percent were in healthy children.
"About half the kids who die from the flu have no underlying medical problems and can die within four days of contracting the virus," said Dr. Tamiko Jordan, a pediatrician with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Flu complications killed more than 800 children over the past eight years. Children under five are most vulnerable.
A second study from researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, shows schools that offer vaccinations have higher rates of attendance and lower rates of flu. At one elementary school, the study also found that when nearly half the students were immunized, unvaccinated kids also appeared to receive some protection.
"Kids spread the virus up to two days before they show any symptoms of the flu and for up to 10 days after, so it's a very long period they're contagious and people may not realize it," Dr. Jordan said.
William understands the shot is important. "So I can stay healthy and nothing can happen to me," he added.
And doctors remind parents the less painful nasal spray vaccine is also an option.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:54:10 GMT
The door to room 118 at the Liberty Inn and Suites is gone-- busted by police during an early morning drug raid. They say tenant Julie Herron, 41, was selling heroin out her room. She was living thereMore >>
A South Burlington drug bust exposed new abuses of the state's homeless voucher program. A couple was arrested for selling heroin out of their motel room, and police say the state was footing the bill for their stay.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:56:29 GMT
A public defender entered 34-year-old Anthony Wright's not guilty plea in the Chittenden County courthouse Friday morning. Police say a search of Wright's residence two days earlier revealed about 250More >>
A Burlington man denies drug charges after police say they stumbled upon his marijuana grow operation. It happened while authorities were investigating another alleged drug crime next door.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:45:07 GMT
Prosecutors in a murder case said Thursday that backups at the Vermont Forensics Lab have slowed their case, and the defense said the delays are violating their client's right to a speedy trial. So, isMore >>
Prosecutors in a murder case said backups at the Vt. Forensics Lab slowed their case; the defense said the delays violate their client's right to a speedy trial. So, is that courtroom strategy or is there really a backlog? More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-05-17 13:45:45 GMT
A trial date has been set for a Massachusetts man accused of killing a woman in southern Vermont. 31-year-old Frank Caraballo will be in court September 9. He's accused of killing Melissa Barratt inMore >>
A trial date has been set for a Massachusetts man accused of killing a woman in southern Vermont.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-17 16:26:55 GMT
A Vermont used car dealer is facing federal fraud charges of hiding malfunctions in the cars he sold. Prosecutors say Douglas Jordan, 40, of Wolcott, bought high-mileage used cars at auction and sold themMore >>
A Vermont used car dealer is facing federal fraud charges of hiding malfunctions in the cars he sold.More >>