Jessica OrbonFeb 8, 2018, 6:11 pmFeb 9, 2018, 4:55 pm

Virulent flu season leaves children among the most at risk

This year's flu epidemic has claimed the lives of over 50 children nationwide

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NEWARK — The H3N2 influenza epidemic that is sweeping the nation has killed 53 children this year.

Dr. Joshua Rosenblatt, the chair of the pediatrics department at the Children's Hospital of New Jersey, told FiOS1 News that in recent weeks, over three-quarters of his patients have been children with the flu. Rosenblatt, like many other health officials, is working to make sure everyone has received the flu vaccine shot this year, especially children, who are most at risk from the virus.

"As much as possible, we can prevent some of those deaths by immunizing early and immunizing at every opportunity we have," Dr. Rosenblatt said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the H3N2 strain of the flu will kill over 56,000 people by the end of the season this year.

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