Coalition to increase children's flu immunization rates

April 30, 2007

The Pediatric Influenza Immunization Coalition is an initiative of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) that aims to increase alarmingly low influenza immunization rates in U.S. children.

Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., announced a new Pediatric Influenza Immunization Coalition. The coalition is an initiative of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) that aims to increase alarmingly low influenza immunization rates in U.S. children. NFID appointed Carmona to serve as chair of the coalition, which represents more than 20 of the nation's leading public health, medical, and parent organizations. According to CDC, only 18% of children six to 23 months of age were fully vaccinated during the 2004 to 2005 season; approximately 100 children under five years of age die each year from the disease.

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