More Children Than Ever Are Getting Flu Shots

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Vaccination advocates can rejoice: the flu shot push is paying off.

New numbers released this morning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more children than ever before received their flu vaccine during the 2012-2013 flu season, and similar upticks were seen in adult populations. The researchers say the increase is encouraging for this year’s numbers as well.

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Last season, 56.6% of kids between the ages 6 months to 17-years-old were vaccinated, a 5.1% increase from the year prior. Smaller — but still notable — increases were seen among adult populations too, which were up 2.7%. Overall, 45% of the U.S. population got a flu shot last year.

Although rates are up across the board, there are some disparities among ethnic and racial groups. However, the traditional ethnic and racial disparities were not seen among U.S. children.

The numbers were announced during a press conference with Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Assistant Surgeon General.

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The increases are remarkable because they indicate that public health messaging is getting through to the right groups. The U.S. made a universal recommendation in 2010 that everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccines. But that doesn’t mean the push for more vaccinating will relax. “Despite substantial progress, we can do even more to make our country healthier through prevention. Flu vaccination should represent a simple investment we make year in and year out to maximize the gift of health,” said Dr. Koh.

About 135 million flu vaccines are currently available throughout the U.S. in doctors’ offices to retail stores. For more information on this year’s vaccine, read our breakdown, here.

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drnance
drnance

Seriously?  Since when did injecting healthy children with doses of mercury and formaldehyde become good news?  Many of these flu vaccinations are multi-dose and still use Thimerosol.  This article doesn't address two things.  Number one, what impact on flu numbers is vaccination having?  Number two, while scheduled childhood vaccination can explain drops in certain childhood illnesses, what are the long term effects of annually injecting a known neurotoxin and carcinogen for years directly into the blood, especially starting since childhood?  The second can't be answered because there are no long term studies.  Anything you put in your body that's not food is a poison and children are more succeptible than adults because their bodies are still growing and developing.  I am not anti-vaccination, just anti-ignorance.  Unneccesarily injecting healthy kids yearly with known potent toxins is just stupid.  We should all be alarmed at this statistic.