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U.S. Flu Shot Policy Shields More Kids Than Canada's Program, Study Finds
Date:9/19/2011

ed there was an 11 percent and 18 percent lower rate of visits for flu care among older children in the Boston hospital, as compared with those in the Montreal facility.

The researchers theorized that although both countries had similar vaccine policies for older children, it could be that inoculating preschoolers ended up protecting other family members from the viral spread. In addition, they said, the new U.S. policy could have increased awareness about the need for flu vaccine.

The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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For more on children and the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 19, 2011, news release.


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