Swine Flu Risk Higher for Children With Disabilities, CDC Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that, as of August 8th, at least 36 children died from swine flu in the United States. Two-thirds of these children had chronic illness or developmental disability such as cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, respiratory troubles or cardiac problems.

The CDC provides a list of emergency warning signs in children that need urgent medical attention. They include:

-Fast breathing or trouble breathing

-Bluish or gray skin color

-Not drinking enough fluids

-Severe or persistent vomiting

-Not waking up or not interacting

-Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

-Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

The CDC also offers H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges, and Universities.