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CDC updates influenza recommendations

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 22, 2008

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) posted updated recommendations for "Prevention and Control of Influenza," July 17 in an early release of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New recommendations include the annual vaccination of all children aged 5-18 beginning with the 2008-2009 flu season and efforts focusing on vaccinating younger children, aged 6 months through 4 years "because these children are at higher risk for influenza complications compared with older children," according to the report.

ACIP recommendations also reiterated the need for healthcare employers to step up efforts to increase vaccination rates among care providers. This includes physicians, nurses, and other workers in both hospital and outpatient-care settings, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients, according to ACIP.

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