In order to protect the lives of children, the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has announced that all children from two to 17 years of age will be offered flu vaccine. Though the step seems to be quite beneficial for children, there are some concerns being raised by parents and experts.
It has been revealed that there have been some instances where children have suffered infection from the vaccines. Seeing such complexities, it will be very difficult for doctors to handle the matter and ask the parents to get their children along for flu vaccines.
Even the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) has said that the new announcement being made by Lansley can draw mixed response. However, on the other side, it can also not be denied that if vaccinations are taken then a lot many hospital admissions can be prevented.
As per Sally Davies, who is the Government's Chief Medical Officer, if the vaccination program is completed as per the desired way then 11,000 hospitalizations and 2,000 deaths can be saved and that too yearly.
"Even with moderate vaccination uptake we could see around a 40 per cent drop in the number of people affected - that would mean at least 11,000 fewer hospitalizations", he further affirmed.
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