September 2, 2012

First Study to Tie Smoke to Flu

1 Secondhand Smokes Aggravates the Flu in Kids

A study involving over 100 kids who went to the hospital for problems related to having the flu over a seven-year period found that secondhand smoke were five times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit and their stay was 70 percent longer than those in the control group. Thirteen percent of kids who had to be intubated had been exposed to smoke compared to only one percent that were not. Even with its limitations, researchers believe that since the results demonstrate the effects of secondhand smoke on hospitalization for the flue and its severity, identifying this risk is important when screening kids with the flu who come into the ER and hopefully makes parents are aware that in many instances hospitalization due to the flu is preventable.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Flu Shots Safe for Kids with Allergies

Tags: Flu, Secondhand Smoke, Influenza in Children

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