Vaccine Problems May Signal Rocky Flu Season
If kids already have received FluMist this year, they’re considered fully vaccinated, CDC officials said. It’s not recommended that they get a shot too, noted Dr. Doug Opel, a pediatrician and bioethicist at Seattle Children’s. No parent — or grandparent — should forgo flu vaccine for themselves or their kids because of the reported problems, Opel said. “Remember, each year, influenza causes more hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. than any other vaccine-preventable disease,” he said. The CDC estimates that flu causes 200,000 hospitalizations and anywhere between 3,000 and 48,000 deaths in the U.S. in any given year. Most deaths are among people older than 65.
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