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Panel: All kids should get vaccinations

February 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A federal advisory panel says all children - not just those under five - should get vaccinated against the flu.The flu shot was previously recommended for children five and younger. Now the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says all children from six months through 18-years-old should receive the shot.

Experts say giving the flu shot to this older group will cut down on days of lost work when parents stay home to care for them, and it will also prevent the illness from spreading to adults and the elderly.

Officials are now faced with the possibility of having to vaccinate as many as 30 million new children.

 

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