Mandatory Flu Shots Kept Small Kids Out of Hospitals

March 7, 2014 10:29 PM

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Mandatory Flu Shots Kept Small Kids Out of Hospitals

Connecticut’s new requirement that all kids in daycare get a flu shot every year appears to have kept many of those children out of the hospital during later flu seasons, researchers reported Thursday.

Vaccination rates among preschoolers shot up from just under 68 percent in 2009 to 84 percent during last year’s flu season, health experts reported. And hospitalization rates for kids 4 and under fell by 12 percent, even as rates rose in many other places.

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