Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality in the United States: Increase of Staphylococcus aureus Coinfection
Given the current scare over the swine flu, this is an important study to understand. First, look at the real numbers. As horrible as it is to have an child die of any cause, in the 3 years reported, our country lost 166 children (median age 5 yrs) to confirmed influenza. This is a microscopic number compared the number of children we are led to believe that die of the flu every year. And, of important consideration in these numbers is that many of them had associated MRSA coinfection, which was likely a major contributing factor to their deaths.
This supports the concept of a healthy lifestyle and healthy bacterial flora to fight off these conditions in the first place. The beneficial outcomes of this type of approach, rather than spending millions and millions of dollars from fear tactics on vaccination programs that are of questionable efficacy, are quite obvious.