Thursday, August 20, 2009
Vaccinate those who are most likely to spread the flu -- in order to protect those who are most vulnerable.
New research suggests that vaccinating school kids and their parents is the best way to protect the elderly, who are usually most at risk of dying from the flu.
That's because schoolchildren play the biggest role in spreading the flu.
Already this year, kids top the government's priority list for H1N1-flu shots, because that new strain of the flu targets the young.
But the study in the journal Science says vaccinating students should be a priority every year.
It says they carry the flu to their parents, who are then the bridge to the rest of the community.