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Your Healthy Family: Signs of deadly flu

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The flu vaccine is working better this season, than in years past.
The CDC says this season it's nearly 60 percent effective.
Meaning if you get the flu shot, you reduce the risk of having to go see the doctor because of the flu by about 60 percent.
But even with lower chances of contracting the virus, children have died this year from the flu.
There are warning signs to watch for to help determine if your child's flu is beginning to take a deadly turn.
Difficult breathing is a huge red flag.
A child's chest should move smoothly while inhaling and exhaling.
Blue fingernail beds are a sign they're not getting enough oxygen.
A stiff neck could be meningitis, a complication of the flu.
If your child feels better and then feels sick again, that could mean trouble.
That's because a secondary infection might have set in.  
Another important warning sign: if your child just isn't acting like themselves, experts say to take that seriously.

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