In a reminder of the impact of H1N1 on young people, it was reported this week that H1N1 caused higher rates of death than usual among European children this year. Researchers found an increase of 28 percent in child mortality caused by the pandemic.
In the United States, H1N1 has so far caused approximately double the rates of pediatric deaths as seen with seasonal influenza. Parents are being strongly encouraged by the CDC to have their children vaccinated against the virus. Many children between the ages of six months and nine years are now due for their second doses of vaccine. H1N1 vaccine booster shots are to be administered at least 28 days after the first dose.
Along with vaccination, preventative measures can help to decrease illness and mortality among young people. A recent study found that Tamiflu and hand sanitizer protected children from spreading H1N1 while living in close quarters at an Alabama summer camp.