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Requiring Flu Vaccination for Child Care Programs Might Reduce Serious Illness — Physician’s First Watch
Requiring Flu Vaccination for Child Care Programs Might Reduce Serious Illness
By Cara Adler
Requiring influenza vaccination for children to attend child care programs in Connecticut was associated with a 12% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations, according to an MMWR article.
In September 2010, the state required that children aged 6 to 59 months in licensed child care programs receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine every year. (New Jersey and New York City have adopted similar regulations.)
Researchers found that for children aged 4 years and younger in Connecticut:
The influenza vaccination rate increased from 68% during the 2009–2010 flu season to 84% during 2012–2013.
The rate of influenza-associated hospitalizations dropped 12% between the 2007–2008 and the 2012–2013 seasons.
The drop in hospitalizations was greater than at 10 other sites studied (New Jersey and New York City were not among those studied).