She was rushed between three hospitals and lay in a medically-induced coma for two weeks while her small body struggled to recover.
"Grandparents are an important part of our families, and as they age, their health begins to decline", said Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu.
The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu, and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said.
"So given that, particularly for the H3N2 component, the vaccine effectiveness we're anticipating will be low", predicted Skowronski.
Kathy Pool, Caroline's grandmother, knows firsthand about the importance of flu vaccinations for grandparents.
Despite its low effectiveness, Brammer urges everyone aged 6 months and older to get a flu shot.
And while it may not work well against H3N2, she said it's worth getting the shot for protection against infection with H1N1 and even the B strain (the B/Victoria components may offer cross-protection against B/Yamagata).
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Lin, who chaired the meeting, said that doctors have reported that while hepatitis A vaccines have been administered to children older than 12 months, they are not included in subsidies for children's standard vaccinations, which might result in doctors being unable to apply for reimbursement of vaccination costs.
To watch the videos and to learn more about the flu, please visit: https://www.familiesfightingflu.org/multimedia/.
This is National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9), and there is no better time to remind not only older adults, but everyone to get their annual flu vaccine.
About Families Fighting Flu Families Fighting Flu is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza.
Five children have died, and an additional 566 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of November 25. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all the residents of our city and the surrounding area that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.
"What's not measured is that, even if you get the flu in spite of the vaccine, your flu case is likely to be milder; you're less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", he said.