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More on the Flu from Dr. Levy

I asked Dr. Daniel Levy, who helped us with Monday's Consult and is quoted in The Sun's stories on kids and flu today, to weigh in on the issues in my previous post. Here's his e-mailed comment:

Parents often fail to recognize the serious nature of influenza, which hospitalizes 20,000 children annually. More than half of all hospital admissions for flu are in the 0-2 years age group. Flu can often carry complications such as ear infection, sinusitis and pneumonia. School-aged children tend to be the spreaders of influenza in society, and we know immunizing that group tends to reduce the incidence of influenza in communities.

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The new recommendations for flu vaccine make a lot of sense, based on what we know. Parents should keep abreast of the latest recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics on all vaccines, and protect their children from the burden of diseases that are preventable with a simple shot.

Dr. Dan

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