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COVID-19 may discourage pediatric flu vaccination

Key clinical point: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic appears not to encourage greater flu vaccination of young children as of the start of the 2020-2021 flu season.

Major finding: Among parents of children who received no flu vaccine in 2019-2020, 34% said the pandemic makes them less likely to seek flu vaccination this year, compared with 24% of parents whose children received flu vaccine in 2019-2020.

Study details: The data come from an online survey of 2,164 parents or guardians of children aged between 6 months and 5 years in the United States.

Disclosures: Dr. Sokol’s work was supported in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development but otherwise had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Sokol RL, Grummon AH. Pediatrics. 2020 Sep 30. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-022871.