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CDC Could Increase Flu Recommendations

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YAKIMA, Wash. --  The Yakima Health District is endorsing a proposal to expand the recommended ages of children to receive the flu vaccine annually.

The Center for Disease Control currently recommends that all children ages 6 months to 59 months should be vaccinated, but their advisory committee says they should expand it to 6 months to 18 years of age.

"By administering the flu vaccine to more individuals, you should decrease the number of visits to the doctor's office as well as keep children in school", says Mari Anne Patnode, the Health District's Communicable Disease Services Coordinator.

The advisory committee hopes to have the new recommendations in place by the 2009 -2010 flu season.