Seasonal Flu and Staph Infections
Bacterial infections can occur as co-infections with influenza or occur following influenza infection. In 2006-2007, CDC noted an increase in flu and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) co-infections among children who had died or were hospitalized with influenza infection. Some of those infections were with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Since the 2006-2007 season, the number of flu-S. aureus co-infection cases in children has decreased, but they do still occur. CDC is working with state and local public health authorities to monitor and investigate flu-S. aureus co-infections, including pneumonias and other types of S. aureus infections.
On January 30, 2008 CDC issued a Health Advisory on Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality and Staphylococcus aureus co-infection.
For more information about flu and staph infections visit Seasonal Flu and Staph Infection.
For more information about MRSA visit National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections.