Sick elderly urged to vaccinate against flu
By Naila Salakhutdinova
LAS VEGAS, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A California state senator who is spearheading a new bill aimed at preventing dangerous strains of flu from spreading to minors was urged by the agency he is supposed to be advising to take his advice even further by vaccinating their children.
Democratic state Senator Ricardo Lara introduced Senate Bill 662 this month after a state depar인터넷 카지노tment of public health worker at least two high-risk children in California have died from a flu vaccine-preventable respiratory illness, including two who died earlier this month.
It will be mandatory for pediatricians and health workers with patients under 18 to administer flu vaccine-preventable respiratory illnesses to parents or guardians during the first four weeks of life, state health officials said in a statement.
As recently as 2012, the state health department recommended this requirement, but the bill’s sponsor said it has not been implemented since then.
Lara said he received an email from the director of the department of public health warning him about the proposed requirement. His office took care of getting the email addressed, his statement said, and sent a letter to the department in March.
“They also instructed us that if the bill were introduced, we would have to vaccinate all minors who received the flu shot as well,” he told Reuters.
The bill requires hospitals to cover flu vaccinations against measles and mumps, hepatitis B and C and tetanus.
Lara said the bill “will do very, very little to solve the real epidemic of infectious diseases” plaguing the children and adults who come to the California Department of Public Health, which conducts flu vaccination.
“Our most important thing is the safety of the individuals we care for,” he said.
The CDC and national public health officials have said that childhood and adult flu vaccine use is generally safe to teenagers and under age 6, while adults should receive at least 12 months of treatment for tetanus, polio and diphtheria.
But last week, a doctor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, one of the state’s largest hospitals, said on his blog that he had given one patient who had received the flu vaccine two shots of flu shot and recommended giving the other person a booster shot.
The doctor, Ronald Schmaltz, tol