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October 24, 2019


Woman #1: It just hit so suddenly. It — it just took me by surprise. Man: We didn’t think, “Oh, no. There’s a chance that she could get really sick and die.” Woman #1: We literally watched her dying. You know, her body was — wasdying inside. Woman #2: How does this happen? It’s not supposed to. Here we had this beautiful, perfect, healthy baby boy, and all of a sudden, within a day, he’s gone. Dr. Santoli: Influenza is a very serious disease. About 100 children die every year from influenza. Now, that’s a relatively small number. But every death from influenza is a tragedy, especially when we have a vaccine to prevent influenza. Woman #3: I looked at Martin, ’cause he’s old enough to make his own decisions and to tell me how he’s feeling. And I looked at Martin, and I said, “Martin, what do you want to do? “You want to go to the 3:00 appointment, or do you want to go to the emergency room?” And he says, “No, Mom, I think I need to go to the emergency room.” When I think of Martin, it always brings a smile to my face, because he was such a good kid. Man: Really, kind of the whole day was just kind of like a long… period of adjusting to what the truth was… which was that she wasn’t going to survive that day. Woman #4: She had the symptoms of a cold. It seemed, you know, just runny nose and, you know, your typical cold. But she couldn’t shake it, and she had four days of fever. And I think that might have been our first indicator that something was a little more serious than just a cold. Dr. Santoli: The symptoms of influenza are — some of them are similar to the symptoms of the common cold, like a runny nose or stuffy nose, a cough, or congestion. But with influenza, you’ll also see people feeling feverish, very tired, having muscle aches and headaches, things we don’t usually see with the common cold. And while anyone can have influenza, it’s more serious for certain groups of people and can lead to complications that are much more serious than the common cold. Woman #1: The flu has changed our lives. It took… I mean, it took one of my children. The flu can — can kill your healthy children. Woman #2: When Ian…got the flu, he died. My other two boys who got vaccinated never had a symptom. Woman #1: I could’ve got Emily a flu shot, and I should’ve got Emily a flu shot. I should’ve got all the kids flu shots. Woman #2: Please get it. I-I don’t want you sitting here having to talk about the loss of your child.

4 Comments

  • Reply RIPEBERRY December 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    In the UK, they don't offer flu jabs for kids unless they have underlying conditions.
    Only old people get offered it or if you work in hospitals.

  • Reply xtremetom180 December 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hmm not sure about the "facts" here

  • Reply Raj Grewal February 1, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    every year, CDC comes out with a statement " This year the flu vaccine was 0.1% effective." Number needed to treat is so high. not sure how the other countries are doing it without spending billions………….the virus mutates rapidly and it is very hard to predict. even the underdeveloped countries dont have that much high mortality from influenza then why does US have that…..??
    what are we missing?

  • Reply Manish Arora July 2, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I suffered from viral fever due, to climatic condition, I took Giloy capsules of planet Ayurveda. My fever low down within 2 days. It doesn't have any side effects.

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