Does Flu Vaccine Reduce Kids' ED Visits?

December 8, 2014 4:00 PM

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The CDC recently announced it expects a more severe flu season this year, but a study in the January issue of Pediatrics was unable to find a correlation between influenza vaccination rates for children under 5 years old and a decline in children hospitalized for influenza-related illness.

Significant increases in emergency department (ED) visits (P<0.05) and decreases in hospitalizations (P<0.05) over time were not clearly related to vaccination trends, researchers wrote.

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