by Caroline Kee
The flu killed 101 children last year and 128 in 2014–15. "We had a very serious flu season in 2014–2015 and it's looking a lot like that right now," Dr. Robert Jacobson, pediatrician and vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News. "Children, like the elderly, also struggle to stay hydrated and end up under-eating when they have the flu, which puts them at higher risk," Jacobson says. During most flu seasons, the hospitalization rates for children are typically the same or just below those for people over 65.”
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Context: Robert Jacobson, M.D. is a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. Dr. Jacobson serves as the medical director for the Population Health Science Program at Mayo Clinic's Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also leads Mayo's Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative. To improve patient health, the ECH initiative created a base of investigation for the study of population-based interventions. You can read more about his medical research here.
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