One Flu Shot May Offer ‘Whole Herd’ Protection

FLU SHOTS for KIDS HELP PROTECT the WHOLE FAMILY.

Flu shots for elementary school children can help reduce flu like illness in the whole family, finds new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. Doctors compared families and schools where, in some cases, the elementary school-age kids were offered free flu vaccination. Adults in the families of the vaccinated kids had fewer bouts of flu like illness, and they missed less work due to sickness in either themselves or their children. Elementary-age and high school age children were absent from school less frequently in families where at least one child was vaccinated. Researchers say that vaccinated kids are less likely to catch the flu and bring it home, thus offering “whole herd” protection to people around them.

Source      :ABC News

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