One hundred years ago, when a flu pandemic spread, there was no vaccine. Many, many people died.
We now have a vaccine, but not enough people take advantage. Last year, more than 80,000 Americans died from flu-related illnesses, making it the deadliest in 40 years. Of those, 172 were children under the age of 18 and more than half were considered healthy. A New Canaan family was among those suffering that tragedy. Of the children who died, 80% had not received a flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control.