Chicago: Inoculating children against flu protects more people of all ages in the larger community, probably because young people tend to spread viruses through physical play, Canadian researchers said on Tuesday.Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario found there were 61 percent fewer flu cases in isolated communities where children and adolescents received the seasonal influenza vaccine, compared to communities where children received an unrelated vaccine.
For instance, if there was a shortage of flu vaccine, it might be more effective to vaccinate the young, even though the flu presents less of a danger to them, because their rough-and-tumble socializing habits can easily spread viruses.Last month, vaccine advisers to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommended everyone over the age of six months should receive seasonal flu vaccines every year.Seasonal flu is blamed for 36,000 US deaths each year.Fauci said the same universal vaccination policy might apply against the pandemic H1N1 virus known as swine flu, which the CDC estimated has killed about 12,000 Americans."Now that we`re talking about vaccinating everyone, this (idea of selective vaccination of children) becomes a little bit of a moot point," Fauci added in a telephone interview.Bureau Report
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