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Report: Healthy children also at risk for flu

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

We know the flu can be very dangerous for the elderly, but a new report shows just how serious it can be for healthy children as well.

The new report finds that a little more than 40 percent of the children who died after getting the flu had no "high-risk" medical conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 830 pediatric flu-related deaths between 2004 and 2012.

Among the children who died, the average age was 7 years old.

Many of these children died from flu-related complications, which can include severe issues like congestive heart failure.

It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to kick in.

Doctors stress the importance of getting a flu shot for your son or daughter before it's too late in the season.

"It's very important for kids who are 6 months to 2 years old to get that," said Dr. Emma Raizman of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. "They are the ones most likely to have complications, but also kids that are in school, kids that are in daycare, so that's pretty much most children from age 2 all the way up. It's important for them to get the vaccination as well because they're most exposed."

Even if your son or daughter is home-schooled or not in daycare, they can still be at risk.

Doctors said things like going to the grocery store and the playground can expose them to the flu virus.

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