FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — When elementary school students get their annual flu shot, everyone benefits, a new study shows.
An increased vaccination rate among grade schoolers in California was associated with a decrease in flu hospitalizations for folks in every other age bracket, researchers report.
The results come as no surprise to public health experts, given children’s well-earned reputation as a major vector for the spread of viral diseases.
“It basically correlates with everything we know about public health, about vaccination, and about children and children’s impact on spreading viral illness throughout a community,” said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health for Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y.
However, the study does highlight the continuing need to convince reluctant parents of the importance of getting their kids an annual flu shot, Cioe-Pena added.
“We have an issue of vaccine hesitance