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Medical News and Perspectives
June 21, 2006

CDC: Immunize More Children for Influenza

JAMA. 2006;295(23):2709. doi:10.1001/jama.295.23.2709

Immunizing greater numbers of children will be a key piece of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) strategy for boosting the number of individuals who receive influenza vaccines during the 2006-2007 influenza season.

Noting the key role that children play in spreading the influenza virus, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will recommend that children aged 6 to 59 months receive flu immunizations this year. Previously, only children aged 6 to 23 months or those with certain illnesses were targeted. Additionally, the committee is also recommending that all persons who live or work with children aged 6 to 59 months get vaccinated.

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