Mrsa | MRSA Big Risk Factor For Children Who Catch Flu


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What’s more worrying is that the infections were more often than not detected and the children were treated with vancomycin, considered to be appropriate treatment for MRSA, but they died despite this treatment and it is especially alarming with the rising rates of MRSA among children in the community.

Study leader Adrienne Randolph, MD, MsC, of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston said :

“There’s more risk for MRSA to become invasive in the presence of flu or other viruses … These deaths in co-infected children are a warning sign.”


Dr. Randolph clarifies that there is more risk of MRSA becoming invasive when the immune system is weakened fighting the flu, and goes on to raise the red flag on these MRSA / Flu deaths in children as the harbinger of worse to come.

The average age of the children in the study that had H1N1 was six. Many had respiratory failure and more than 60% needed mechanical ventilation with some requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for advanced cardiac and respiratory support. The disease was aggressive and 75 children, around 9 percent of the study, died and of them around 50 within two weeks.

Dr. Randolph clarifies :

“It is not common in the U.S. to lose a previously healthy child to pneumonia … Unfortunately, these children had necrotizing pneumonia … eating away at their tissue and killing off whole areas of the lung. They


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