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Parents get flu scare and urge others to vaccinate

A Hamilton Hill family has told how their two-year-old boy came within hours of death after catching the flu.

Danny Bousard’s parents didn’t know a simple shot could have protected him.

Now they’re urging other families to get their children vaccinated before the flu season really hits.

The two-year-old became so sick he was moved to the intensive care unit at Perth Children’s Hospital.

At this point Danny’s mother thought she could lose her little boy.

Danny’s immunised against most things, but his parents underestimated the seriousness of this highly contagious virus. And how fast it can become deadly.

“I think just the flu … runny nose, have a fever and last a few days and go,” his mother Lily Bousard said.

The true danger of the flu is a message that wasn’t just lost on Danny’s mum and dad. For some reason it’s still not getting through to most Perth parents, with only 19 per cent of children under age of five currently immunised against the virus.

“People don’t think about flu as a significant disease,” Dr Chris Blyth, paediatrician and Telethon Kids Institute researcher said. “Each year hundreds of children get admitted to hospital with the flu and it is preventable through vaccination.”

The vaccination is free for children under five — who are most at risk.

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