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Children that suffer from neurological or neuromuscular conditions should be included in influenza immunization programs, as well as those who have chronic diseases (heart disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and were born premature according to health specialists. Neurological and neuromuscular disorders include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, hydrocephalus, and seizures. These children risk greater complications from a viral illness, particularly developing respiratory problems due to weak respiratory muscles. The experts recommended that these children be given antiviral medication when they become unwell with influenza and family members also be vaccinated.
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About: Flu vaccination recommended for children with conditions
Date: 1 November 2005
Source: HealthDay News
Author: Serena Gordon
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