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March 2016   Comments

Flu vaccine strategies for city and country

Different demographics in rural and urban areas need different flu vaccination strategies, according to research in Scientific Reports. The York University study looked at whether one or two doses before, during or after the start of an epidemic resulted in the lowest infection rates and the least number of hospitalizations. Many remote areas have a higher percentage of children, who are key virus transmitters, compared with urban areas, which generally have fewer children and more young and middle-aged adults. In urban areas, infection rates were lowest for children younger than five, regardless of the strategy. However, in remote areas, rates were lowest for adults older than 50 in most strategies.

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