Posted , updated Mar 23, 2006.
All children under 5 and older than 6 months should be vaccinated against influenza, a panel of U.S. vaccine advisers said Wednesday. The unanimous vote by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization advisory committee in Atlanta delighted pediatricians and infectious disease specialists, who have been pressing for universal flu vaccination standards. “Starting with the next influenza season we will not only have children 6 to 24 months but all children up to 5 years of age,” said Dr. Carol J. Baker, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, who asked the panel to expand its recommendations.
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