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Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Apr;10(4):574-80.

Pediatric influenza prevention and control.

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Institute of Pediatrics, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. nicola.principi@unimi.it

Abstract

Global evaluation of influenza vaccination in children indicates that current recommendations are not followed. Most children at high risk for influenza-related complications do not receive the vaccine, and increased efforts are needed to protect them. Furthermore, vaccinating healthy infants 6-23 months of age and their close contacts should be strongly encouraged. Vaccinations are recommended for children with recurrent acute otitis media or recurrent respiratory tract infections and possibly for healthy daycare and school-age children because of the potential socioeconomic implications of influenza. Issues that need to be addressed include educating physicians and parents concerning influenza-related illness and complications, cost-effectiveness and safety of licensed vaccines, adequate vaccine supply, and availability of intranasal products.

PMID:
15200844
PMCID:
PMC3323102
DOI:
10.3201/eid1004.030398
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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