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Health Group Says Parents Underestimate Flu

By Associated Press

Washington, DC – Health officials say parents aren't taking the flu seriously enough. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says only about half of the young children who should be vaccinated against the flu are actually getting annual shots. And that percentage drops to less than a third when it comes to children with chronic medical conditions like asthma or heart disease. Medical experts this year are expanding their recommendations for children who should be vaccinated, to an age range between six months and two years. The officials say they worry many parents may not be aware of the change. And this year, they say there'll be no vaccine shortage to be used as an excuse. More than 100 (m) million doses of vaccine will be available -- the most ever.

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