Food allergy, anaemia linked to flu severity in Aussie kids

FOOD allergies and iron deficiency anaemia are newly identified factors linked to severe influenza in Australian children.

Hospitalised children with food allergies were nine times more likely to require high level care for flu, prompting the researchers to call for further investigation of the association.

In a retrospective review of all the children younger than five admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide from 2008 to 2012 they also found that iron deficiency anaemia and having influenza B