This afternoon, on NPR’s All Things Considered, Scott Hensley reported that the Center for Disease Control re-jiggered the pediatric death count from the H1N1 virus from between April and mid-October. The count now stands at 540 deaths.
The new number, up from 129, is due to the factoring in of deaths not explicitly identified as due to the virus. This could be because of testing errors or because the cause of death was initially recorded as resulting from an infection that came after the patient was diagnosed with flu.
Still looking for H1N1 vaccines for kids? The Arizona Department of Health Services provides updates weekly. Walgreen’s has made it easy to check locations with their quick search tool.
And in the meantime, watch a music video aimed at helping kids learn about how to protect themselves from getting sick. It’s courtesy of DocRap, who’s actually Dr. Mache Seibel, a physician who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Cigna HealthCare partnered with Dr. Seibel because they figured music might be a good way to help kids remember to sneeze into your elbow and use hand sanitizer -and more.
The flu isn’t funny, but this guy is!