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4 your health: A shot in the arm for vaccines

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Tucson- Most children who die from the flu are not vaccinated.

Researchers with the Centers For Disease Control looked at 291 pediatric flu deaths between 2010 and 2014.

Three-quarters of the children who died had not been vaccinated before they got sick. And only one-third of children with high risk medical conditions, who died, got a flu shot.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all children six months and older.

The Tdap vaccine can protect newborns from whooping cough when given to mothers during pregnancy.

A new study found the vaccine was over 90 percent effective during an infant's first two months of life and 69 percent effective during a child's first year.

Doctors report that all women should get the vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy to protect their children from the life threatening infection.

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