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Children under 10 years old may need 2 H1N1 vaccines

October 19, 2009

If you recently had your child vaccinated or you are looking into it, you’re going to want to take a look at this. Since the arrival of the vaccine, it has been discovered that children under 10 years of age may need two vaccines to be fully protected. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this news is not surprising, since this age group needs two doses of regular seasonal flu vaccine for full immunity to develop.”

Sanofi is the only drug company licensed to make the vaccine in the United States for children as young as 6 months old. After government tests showed that children under 10 may need two vaccines, Sanofi ran their own tests. The Sanofi tests backed up the government results that two shots are needed for young children, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Although one shot will still help children under 10, it may only provide modest coverage from the disease. Sanofi has released a statement adults receiving the stronger vaccine will be adequately covered from one shot.

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