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Doctor Supports New Recommendation For Children's Flu Shots

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A representative from the Benton Franklin Health District is supporting a federal advisory panel recommendation to expand the age for children's flu shots.

The advisory committee is now recommending all children from 6 months to 18 years old should get a flu shot.

Before, only children under 5 were told to get vaccinated. Dr. Larry Jecha said he's been supporting the expansion for years.

"The children are our reservoir. They're the ones that really spread flu throughout our community," said Dr. Larry Jecha, Benton Franklin Health District.    

Dr. Jecha said the change should take place next season. 

He said this year's shots didn't cover a large strain that came from Australia.  He said it's only the third time in 20 years the vaccine missed a big strain.

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