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Europe Reconsiders H1N1 Flu Shots for Children

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Science  13 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5955, pp. 922
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5955.922

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Until recently, no European country had included healthy children in the priority groups targeted for vaccination against the H1N1 pandemic virus. But as the outbreak gathers speed and more vaccine becomes available, some countries are now telling families that healthy children—or at least infants—are candidates for vaccination after all. The change of mind did not reassure a jittery public. How many European children will eventually be vaccinated remains to be seen, partly because distrust of the new vaccines is running high.