Two Idaho children die from flu, health officials say

Two Idaho children die from flu, health officials say
Vials of flu vaccine are displayed at Philly Flu Shots on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Philadelphia. The flu season arrived early in the U.S. this year, but health officials and experts say it's too early to say this will be a bad one. Experts say evidence so far is pointing to a moderate flu season - it just looks worse because last year's season was so mild. Flu usually doesn't blanket the country until late January or February. Now, it's already widespread in more than 40 states. That could change when the next government report comes out Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Two Idaho children have died from the flu this winter season, health officials say.

 
Public health officials in Idaho say the children are among 19 others who have died since the start of the flu season Oct. 1. The 19 adult deaths reported all were individuals older than 50.
 
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare did not disclose the approximate age of the children or where in Idaho the kids were from. 
 
"Our sympathies are with the families of all the victims, and especially with those grieving the loss of a child. Although influenza has hit the older population particularly hard this season, these pediatric deaths are a tragic reminder that influenza can be a very serious infection for all age groups," says Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist. | Find a Health Clinic
 
"Influenza activity is still high, and as long as the virus is circulating in our communities, the best protection for you and your family is to get the vaccine. It is not too late to get the shot."
 
Vaccination is recommended for everyone older than 6 months of age.