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Influenza Shots Urged for Young Children

Each fall, you hear that influenza threatens older adults and folks with chronic ailments.

Most years, it's true that the death rate from the flu peaks in those older than 65, and that the rate of hospital stays is highest in people ages 85 and older. But children younger than 2 years have more severe complications from seasonal influenza and may require hospitalization. According to the CDC, about 20,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized each year because of flu complications.

According to the CDC, children between ages 6 months and 19 years should be vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza.

The CDC says children younger than 8 who are immunized for the first time should get two full doses of vaccine, one month apart in order to be fully immunized. The CDC does not advise that infants younger than 6 months get the vaccine. A nasal spray vaccine is also available for children older than 2.

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About Vitamin C

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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin found in many fruits and vegetables. It is a popular supplement, and many people feel that large doses (megadoses) provide additional benefits for the body. Vitamin C is important in the development and maintenance of the connective tissues of the body. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant. Some studies show that vitamin C may help reduce the symptoms and length of the common cold.

Vitamin C plays many roles in the chemistry of the human body. It is essential for the production of collagen, a critical constituent of the body's connective tissue. It is also necessary for the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment inside red blood cells, and it helps increase the absorption of iron from the intestines.

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More than 200 viruses can cause the common cold. There are more than 1 billion colds in the United States each year.