Flu Shots for All Children?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want all children to get a flu shot. Thomas H. Maugh II of The Los Angeles Times reports:
The recommendation, which is expected to be adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, would call for an estimated 30 million more children to be vaccinated -- although current vaccination rates suggest that less than a quarter of them, about 7 million, would actually receive the shots.Blah-blah-blah flu shot. I’m tired of hearing about this wonder drug, but in case you’re not, check out these recent flu-oriented posts:
The shots would not be mandatory, but the federal imprimatur would make physicians more likely to offer the vaccine to children.
"This new recommendation will help parents understand that all children can benefit from vaccination," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
In addition, CDC approval would make insurance coverage more likely and the flu vaccine would also be distributed through the government's Vaccines for Children program, which covers about 45% of the nation's youth.
Current recommendations call for vaccination of children between 6 months and 5 years old. The new recommendation raises the age range to 18.
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