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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

England : Swine flu 'claimed 70 young lives'

Via Yahoo :

" A total of 70 children and teenagers died from swine flu in England over a nine-month period between 2009 and 2010, it has been revealed.

Those from Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities, and with pre-existing conditions - especially neurological diseases such as cerebral palsy - were hardest hit.

However, a fifth of the young people who died were previously healthy.

Doctors said the evidence suggested that all children should be vaccinated against swine flu, especially those in high-risk groups.

The findings, from an investigation into the impact of swine flu on children and teenagers aged 18 and under, were published in an early online edition of The Lancet medical journal.

Researchers led by Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer for England, collected data over a nine-month period between June 26, 2009, and March 22, 2010."

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