Friday, May 22, 2009 9:48 AM
By: Sylvia Booth Hubbard
Flu vaccine does not help kids stricken with influenza stay out of the hospital. Instead, according to a new study headed by Avni Joshi, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, it actually puts them at three times the risk of being hospitalized when compared with kids who have not received the vaccine.
The new study, Dr. Joshi told Science Daily, was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine, or TIV) in children. Dr. Joshi said asthmatic children were of particular concern. The relative benefit of the vaccine is of paramount importance in light of the recommendation of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics to vaccinate all children between the ages of six months and 18 years every year, a recommendation that is echoed by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.