CDC panel recommends flu shots for all children

A panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new recommendations regarding older children and flu shots Wednesday, sparking debate among parents and doctors. The Advisory Committee

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2008, 11:38 PM

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A panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new recommendations regarding older children and flu shots Wednesday, sparking debate among parents and doctors.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says all children over 6 months of age should get the vaccine. The CDC used to recommend the shot for kids 6 months old to 5 years old, but now the panel says teens up to 18 should get it.
Melville mother Beverly Cowan says she doesn?t like the recommendation. She is worried about a possible connection between vaccines and autism and fears mandatory vaccinations may not be too far away.
Doctors can?t seem to come to a consensus either. Naturopathic physician Dr. Sharon Stills says taking natural herbs, vitamins and minerals can do the trick. She also says having the body fight against illness can be a good thing. However, Garden City pediatrician Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman says he has been advising his patients and their families to get the flu shot for years.
The CDC routinely adopts the panel's suggestions and then issues vaccination guidelines to hospitals and doctors.


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