NYC Kids Now Need a Flu Shot for Pre-K

Fredy DeLeon (L) receives a flu shot from Walgreens pharmacist Robert Fox at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 14, 2014 in Concord, California.  Public health officials are encouraging residents to get flu shots as an aggressive strain of the H1N1 "swine flu" has killed 15 people in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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New city Health Department regulations are dealing another blow to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Now, in order to enroll in any city-run preschools or child-care centers, all 6- to 59-month-olds will be required to have a current flu vaccine by the start of the New Year. Like the elderly, kids are particularly at risk for serious complications from the virus. At least 7 children have already died from flu-related causes this year, and last year’s number was as high as 109.