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Vaccines Protect the Youngest Babies - NY Times


By Nicholas Bakalar

Two new studies offer good news for newborns and children about two different vaccinations — flu vaccine for pregnant women, and rotavirus vaccine for infants.

There is no flu vaccine licensed for children under 6 months, and infants that age have the highest rates of pediatric influenza hospitalization. But a flu vaccine can still protect them if their mothers get the shot when they are pregnant.

Regarding rotavirus, the article also notes: 

... Among infants 6 to 11 months, for example, hospital stays for rotavirus infection decreased by 9 percent, 87 percent and 88 percent, in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively, from the 2006 baseline.

To read the full artcile here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/vaccines-protect-the-youngest-babies/

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