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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 14, 2014

Regulation Boosts Vaccination Rates

JAMA. 2014;311(18):1848. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4245

A 2010 Connecticut regulation helped boost the influenza vaccination rate among the state’s children aged 6 to 59 months by 24% over a 3-year period.

The regulation applied to children attending licensed child care or preschool programs. Connecticut was only the second state, after New Jersey, to require young children to receive at least 1 dose of flu vaccine to control transmission in these facilities. Children younger than 4 years also are at greater risk of severe complications from influenza than older children.

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