Friday, 19 October 2007

Children often overlooked when flu comes to town

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As the U.S. and other countries prepare for the next, coming wave of the flu, are the children in this nation (and others) being overlooked in terms of preparations?

A report this week from the U.S. government stated that children in this country would most likely be primary spreaders of a flu pandemic, as well as targets of the flu. The only problem is that they are -- as a group -- not at the forefront of preparations for dealing with the flu.

Sounds to me like a huge contradiction, yes? Dr. John Bradley of the American Academy of Pediatrics said that "right now, we are behind the curve in finding ways to limit the spread of a pandemic in children even though they are among the most at risk."

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