Flu shot for toddlers might cut down ER visits

September 19, 2011 2:29:27 PM PDT
Giving toddlers a flu shot could cut down emergency room visits, according to a new study that reveals giving flu shots to preschoolers cut ER visits for flu-like illness by more than a third.

Scientists say this study shows the direct impact of vaccination policy changes on flu transmission. Those changes were made in 2006 when the United States recommended flu vaccinations among children ages 2 to 4. Children this age are said to be a major source of flu transmission.

The Canadian government did not change its recommendations and this study found American kids were less likely to be rushed to the ER.

The study appears in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.