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CDC Urges Flu Shots for Children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all children between 6 months and 18 years of age get a flu shot, unless they have a serious egg allergy. When it comes to children, the CDC had previously recommended flu shots for kids under 5 and those with chronic health conditions.

According to the CDC, on average more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized from flu complications each year. And approximately 36,000 people in the United States die from flu each year.

"Influenza is the strongest of winter viruses; it’s likely each one of us knows someone whose well-being, good health, or life depends on getting an influenza immunization each and every year," said Dr. Bonnie Offit, Pediatrician in Haverford, Pennsylvania. "Flu shots are our best defense against influenza with our ability to significantly lower infections and deaths attributed to the illness each year."

Maxim Health Systems is administering the annual influenza vaccination program. Maxim flu shots are available at more than 37,000 clinics nationwide. Maxim will provide flu shot clinics at convenient retail locations, such as pharmacies, supermarkets, and other public venues. Finding the nearest location is as simple as typing in your zip code on http://www.FindaFluShot.com. The supply of doses — more than 143 million — is ample for this season.

FluMist, the nasal-spray alternative to injection, was made available last year for kids as young as 2, so no more whining about needles.