Now available for babies, and recommended for all school-age children.
Normally, a panel of experts gathered in Washington to endorse the flu shot for kids would be a big story.
Yesterday, not so much.
Despite the recommendations and well-stocked shelves I have to ask how many people will comply this year.
The flu shot is an out-of-pocket expense, and the average family is being asked to double that expense at the same time financial experts tell them the economy is on the brink of collapse.
I have no doubt most middle-class families will get the flu shot as recommended. But the effectiveness of any shot rises as compliance with it approaches universality.
A lot of people aren't going to get the shot. Not only does that mean a lot of people are going to get sick, but this year's flu will have a rich protein stew in which to evolve and get nastier.
Next year's flu may be truly nasty.[poll id=26]