CDC expands recommendations for child flu shots

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February 27, 2008
Atlanta, Ga--

All children except infants younger than six months should get a flu shot.

That's the new recommendation Wednesday from an advisory panel appointed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC routinely
adopts the recommendations, and the vaccination guidelines are then passed on to doctors and hospitals.

This means about 30 million more children in the U.S. could be getting vaccinated against the flu.

The shots are now recommended for people considered "high risk". That includes children ages six months to five years, adults 50 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.

The advisory panel now says that should be expanded to include children up to age 18.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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