Rare Type Of Flu Virus This Season is Most Severe With Children

Grant Boone
January 15, 2020

The flu has blinded a 4-year-old girl in Iowa, according to her mother, who is now urging others to ensure their loved ones are vaccinated against the virus.

Phillips told CNN that she advises parents to get their children vaccinated. However, the brain damage caused Jade to go blind and it is unknown if it will be permanent.

Her mom says both Jade and her sister received a flu shot last march.

While the current USA flu season is thought to be a relatively mild one, it still may be responsible for up to 12,000 deaths, 150,000 hospitalisations, and over 6 million doctors' visits, as of the first week of January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "She's a fearless little fighter".

Jade DeLucia, who did not get a flu shot, caught the flu a few days before Christmas.

At least 32 children in the USA have died from the flu this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

On Christmas Day, Jade's parents were told the flu had affected their child's brain.

Amanda mentioned she couldn't prevent her child from being unwell, but when she will be able to save one child, that's what she would find irresistible to do. But then, Phillips saw that Jade wouldn't stare at her favorite stuffed animal, a white unicorn, even when it was in front of her.

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ANE is a rare type of encephalopathy usually caused by a viral infection.

A December survey found 37 percent of Americans said they did not plan on getting a flu shot during flu season. "It's bad to see your child suffer like this".

The infection had damaged the areas of her brain that helped her see, and it's unclear whether she ever will see again.

After taking steroids to calm the braining swelling up, Jade miraculously woke up on January 1. "In about three to six months from now we'll know".

Jade could also have cognitive or developmental problems, such as learning disabilities, added Czech. "Whatever recovery she has at six months, that's likely all she's going to get". She said she did not realize her daughters needed to be vaccinated again for the 2019-2020 season. Flu vaccines will be available in late summer, and the CDC recommends ordering a vaccine by the end of October to protect yourself from the flu in the coming winter.

NBC News reports that the CDC said influenza A strain H1N1, a strain of the flu which also typically hits young people hard, is starting to circulate. To date, 32 children in the United States have died from the flu this season, 21 from the influenza B strain of the virus. Manny Alvarez sits down with a Harvard Medical School doctor to discuss everything you need to know about this year's flu season.

A few days before Christmas, Jade DeLucia was contracted with the Influenza B virus.

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