G-7 and Mexico choose pregnant women but omit kids under 5 for earliest vaccinations/AP

Associated Press

In accord with what we’ve learned from the mortality data, the G-7 plus Mexico group chose to omit children, but include pregnant women, in the group most at risk of death or severe illness from swine flu infection: those who should be offered vaccination first.

Wedded to its earlier pronouncements, however, CDC continues to say children under 5 are at high risk, despite data on children it published in the MMWR just seven days ago that indicate otherwise.  These children will likely be encouraged to receive early swine flu vaccinations in the US, but not in the rest of the G-7 or Mexico.

Data on the benefits from seasonal flu vaccination in this age group are also hard to come by.

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