172 children have died from the flu this season


ATLANTA - Another child died of pediatric flu-related issues this week, bringing this season's total to 172 nationwide.

That's the highest number of children to die in a single flu season, not counting pandemics like the 2009-2010 "swine flu" season when 358 pediatric deaths were reported, according to the CDC. Nearly two-thirds of this year's deaths happened within seven days of the first symptoms.

Roughly four out of five deaths this season have been in children who did not get a vaccine this season. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the vaccine.

Children under the age of 5, and children of any age who have long-term health problems like asthma or other lung disorders, heart disease, or a neurologic or neurodevelopmental disorder are all more vulnerable to serious flu-related complications.