Protect babies from flu by getting older siblings vaccinated, parents advised

Babies and toddlers are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu complications if they are not the first born in their family, the study found. Children are “effective spreaders” of respiratory infections and can easily pass viruses onto their vulnerable younger siblings, said the researchers. Parents were told they can help protect their young children by getting older offspring vaccinated. Small children risk lung infections and breathing difficulties if they catch flu. They may also develop a very high fever, leading to fits. Between 3% and 11% of children under two in developed countries acquire flu-associated illnesses each...

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