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Many Don't Get Flu Shot Due to Neurologic Conditions

Source: United Press International

09/15/2013

Only about 50 percent of U.S. children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions receive flu vaccinations, according to a new study. The findings, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, note that children with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions can develop life-threatening complications if they contract influenza. In 2011, the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC investigated a flu outbreak in a residential facility for 130 children and young adults with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions. Investigators found that most parents looked to their child’s healthcare provider for information about vaccines, and some pediatricians could not identify specific conditions that put children at higher risk from flu-related complications.



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