Study: State vaccination law reduces child hospitalization rates

On its website, the NBC News website reports that a new requirement by the state of Connecticut that “all kids in daycare get a flu shot every year appears to have kept many of those children out of the hospital during later flu seasons, researchers reported.”

HealthDay reports that according to a study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Connecticut law mandating that preschool and daycare children be vaccinated against influenza has lowered the hospitalization rate by 12% among young children.

The law prompted an increase of vaccination rates among children one to four from 68% to 84%.

Medscape reports, “The analysis included vaccination data from US and Connecticut surveys and the Emerging Infections Program.”

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