An even number of girls and boys died in this year’s flu season, and about half had a medical condition that put them at higher risk of developing complications, CDC officials said.
A recent CDC study found that flu-related deaths in children between 2010 and 2016 occurred in otherwise healthy children, but that only 22 percent of those who died had been fully vaccinated. Agency officials said while the flu vaccine varies every year in its effectiveness, it can be "life-saving for children."
In the CDC study, vaccines reduced flu-related deaths among children with high-risk medical conditions by 51 percent and among healthy children by 65 percent.
The flu-related death toll among children for this season could still increase because it’s possible more deaths could be reported, the agency said.