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CDC says children under 9 should get two doses of Vaccine

By Joe Gullo     Nov 3, 2009 in Health
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that kids under 9 will need two doses of the H1N1 vaccine to be fully protected.
This announcement comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed its new recommendations on how to combat the H1N1 pandemic flu. Due to different variations to the vaccine, some countries like Canada require younger children to receive one dose of the vaccine. In an article on October 30, "Children require only one dose: The announcement is good news for young children between six months and 10 years of age who will no longer be required to have two vaccinations."
Reuters reports that the United States government is running clinical tests to see how many doses children will need to be fully protected against the flu. The study confirmed that children under the age of nine should get two doses of the vaccine.
The government does recognize the statement issued last week by the WHO, but Dr Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Reuters, "The scientific data showed it is important to get children vaccinated twice."
Dr Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "We know that about half the vaccine that has been administered so far has been to children under 18." Unlike the seasonal flu, the H1N1 is hitting young adults and children the hardest.
The government is picking up production of the vaccine and the U.S. government has received 30 million doses yesterday.
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