CDC: Flu Vaccine Cuts Hospitalization Risk for Kids

The flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of developing a life-threatening influenza infection by three quarters during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 flu seasons in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although vaccination may not always prevent the flu, the new findings suggest flu shots do protect kids from the more serious complications of infection that require hospitalization, CDC officials said.

“These study results underscore the importance of an annual flu vaccination, which can keep your child from ending up in the intensive care unit,” Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in CDC’s Influenza Division, said in a statement. “It is extremely important that all children especially children at high risk of flu complications are protected from what can be a life-threatening illness.”