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Spring-Fall Flu Shots May Protect Toddlers

Combining Vaccine With Routine Visits Could Also Help Harried Parents

2nd Shot Still Strong in the Fall continued...

The researchers are continuing the study, and hope to have more definitive answers next year about whether the spring-fall strategy will work when kids receive two slightly different forms of the flu vaccine.

WebMD asked a pediatric infectious disease specialist who was not involved in the study whether splitting flu shots into two doses six month year apart could provide adequate protection against the flu, or whether it was a case of trading protection for convenience.

"I don't think there's going to be a tradeoff with spring-fall immunization," says Richard J. Whitley, MD, professor of pediatrics in the department of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He notes that the only concern will be to be sure the vaccines accurately protect against the current strain of the flu.

The study was funded by an unrestricted grant from Aventis Pasteur, Inc., manufacturer of an influenza vaccine.

Neuzil is a recipient of research grants and support from Aventis Pasteur.

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