Health Watch -- Flu Prevention: Slowing the Spread
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Kids may be more likely to be exposed to the flu virus because they're prone to touching things or putting things in their mouths. They don't usually wash their hands often, and they're likely to get physically close to others while playing at school or day care. If kids get sick, then they can spread the illness to unvaccinated friends or family members. Dr. Octavio Ramilo, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says focusing on school-age kids for vaccination can have a big impact on slowing the spread of flu in a community.
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