Hygiene company Hygiene is essential to keeping your kids safe from the spread of diseases like dengue fever and chikungunya, according to a new study.
The study, conducted by the Australian Institute of Medical Research (AIMR) and published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at the use of vaccinations and hygiene products in the US and the UK.
The researchers found that children under the age of two received nearly 70 per cent more vaccinations during the flu season compared to the same period last year, and they also received more vaccinations at the end of the flu year compared to their peers in the UK, where there were fewer cases.
“We found that vaccines were the most frequently used and the least effective for the influenza season in the United States,” study author Dr Julie Coyle said.
“This is very similar to what we’ve seen in Australia.”
“The main difference between Australia and the US is the amount of time children were vaccinated, with the flu shot starting earlier in the season.”
In the UK and the United Kingdom, children were only vaccinated for a short period of time in the first year, so they are only vaccinated during the end-of-flu season.
The longer the flu vaccine is given, the more effective it becomes.
“Australia also had a longer flu season than the UK but the flu seasons were shorter.”
Dr Coyle’s research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
She said she hoped the results of the study would encourage more vaccinations to the Australian population.
“There are still too many unvaccinated people, and that’s why we need more vaccines and we need them to be given in a timely fashion,” she said.
“We need to get more vaccinations out there and get more people vaccinated.”
It’s important that parents are aware of the importance of vaccination, particularly for young children and people who have chronic illnesses like cough and colds.
“The key message is to get them vaccinated as soon as they can, and make sure they get vaccinated as early as possible.”