Flu Vaccine Offered to All Children

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COLUMBIA- This year the MU Children's Hospital is involed in providing immunization of the flu vaccine, so that all children have the choice to get vaccinated.

The Children's Hospital, along with senior centers and public health care clinics, are getting ready with supplies of the flu vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized every year from complications related to the flu. That includes more than 20,000 children under the age of five. Last year's flu season was relatively mild but health officials say that doesn't mean this year will be the same.

The vaccine this year, just like last year, protects against three common viruses, including H1N1, which is commonly connected to the Swine Flu outbreak.  

Flu season typically runs from October though May. MU's Health Care physician, Dr. Michael Cooperstock, said there is no shortage of the flu vaccine, and he encourages all families to bring their children in for either a shot or nasal spray.

For more information go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.