Childhood flu vaccinations could protect entire communities

09/9/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

For the first time, health officials this fall will encourage flu vaccinations for all children from age 6 months to 18 years after discovering that adults who live in neighborhoods with lots of children are more prone to get more severe forms of the flu more quickly. Vaccines for children could also cut down on school absenteeism, time off work for parents and lower death rates among senior citizens, for whom vaccines are less effective.

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