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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

When a child gets the flu, it could be more serious than just getting some bed rest.

A new report finds more than a third of children who died after getting the flu never made it to the hospital. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say influenza in children, even those without risk factors, can be fatal. They say the best bet to protect your child is to get vaccinated.

Doctor Emma Raizman did not take part in the study. She is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and wholeheartedly agrees that vaccination is the best defense. "Even children who are home-schooled or not in daycare and parents don't think they have a lot of exposure, just in their daily lives going to the grocery store, going out to play at the playground still they're going to get exposed."

The report is available online in the journal "Pediatrics."

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