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Vaccinating Young Children Against The Flu

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - There is a very important report released by the CDC in their monthly morbidity and mortality report which looks at children and flu-related deaths.

According to their statistics, nearly half of the flu-related deaths in children in 2010 occurred in those less than five years of age and only 23% of eligible children had been vaccinated. There were 115 flu-related deaths in children under 18.

This is an important report because they further broke it down to find that the majority of these children were otherwise healthy and not at great risk. You should talk with your pediatrician about the benefits of the flu vaccine and discuss it sooner rather than later.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor