A mother from Ohio urges other families to vaccinate their children for the flu after their four-year-old son dies of the disease.
Everywhere from tens to hundreds of children die every year from flu-related complications, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.
Her son Leon, 4, was one of 183 children who lost their life from the flu in the 2017-2018 season
"I've never seen a healthy kid decompensate like that," said Sidari and remembered his death. "Certainly not so fast."
由 Laura Therese 于 2018 年 10 月 6 日 周六
She stated Leon was like any other 4-year-old boy. He loved walking around, playing football, watching movies with his mother and looking after his younger brothers Tristan (now 2) and Cameron (now 11 months). Leon rarely got sick either. [Leon] had felt good about his day care on the last day before the winter break, but the next day he began to develop flu-like symptoms. Sidari recalls, "We gave him chicken noodle soup and pedialyte." He watched cartoons on the couch, normal-looking disease, nothing unusual. " They said they planned to vaccinate their families for the flu throughout the season, but they postponed it when they were juggling three children and the upcoming Christmas season. In fact, just a few days later they had an appointment with the doctor for a flu shot.
"My children have been vaccinated every season, but they just slipped through the cracks," she explained. "All of my children have been vaccinated and because of my medical education, I am a big proponent of vaccination, but I was unaware of the serious risk that influenza can cause to healthy people and healthy children."
The next morning, on Christmas Eve, it became clear that Leon's health was deteriorating.
His mother explained that he started having breathing problems, so they took him to the emergency room. There, doctors diagnosed him with influenza and bacterial pneumonia.
Hours later, early in the morning, Leon was dead.
"We did not see it coming," said Sidari. "When we went to the hospital, we expected him to come home, he still had his pajamas right next to his bed."
She and her family are now encouraging others to prioritize a flu shot before it's too late is.
Receiving the flu vaccine will not only reduce the chances of getting the flu 40-60 percent – according to the CDC, the risk of hospitalization from influenza-like illnesses can be reduced by as much as 82 percent
"I would give as mother everything [chance]"said Sidari. "You can not wait for medical care – you have to stop it."
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