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Survey Shows Parents' Best Intentions Out of Step with Expert Recommendations in Protecting Kids from Flu
Date:8/21/2008

their kids healthy -- like washing hands and getting enough sleep -- flu vaccination should be right up there, but this survey shows us that we still have a lot of educating to do," said Anne Moscona, M.D., professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology, and vice chair of pediatrics for research at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. "As a community, we need to do a better job spreading the word about how important a yearly flu vaccine can be in helping protect kids -- and ourselves -- from influenza."

Federal Flu Vaccine Guidelines Expanded to Reach More Children

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that getting an annual flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu.(3) In February, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded their annual influenza vaccination recommendations to include all children six months to 18 years of age.(2)

According to the CDC, each year, up to 60 million Americans get the flu. Resulting complications cause more than 200,000 hospitalizations and about 36,000 deaths in the United States each year.(3)

New Campaign Launches to Educate Americans about Flu Vaccine Options

"Flu Vaccination: Choose Your Administration" is an election-themed campaign that aims to empower and encourage Americans to make informed decisions about flu vaccination. As part of the campaign, sponsored by MedImmune, visitors to http://www.FluVote.com can learn more about two of the most important health choices they can make this election/flu season: electing to get a flu vaccination and learning more about flu vaccine options.

Overall, about two out of three parents (67 percent) surveyed say they wish their child could get a flu vaccine without having to get a shot, and about three out of four school-age children (77 percent) say the same for themselves.(1) Of those parents who have previously
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