They reviewed 25 studies that looked at the impact of vaccines in cutting the number of cases of influenza and its symptoms in children up to 16.
"Immunization of very young children is not lent support by our findings," said Dr Tom Jefferson, of the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Rome, part of the international Cochrane Collaboration that evaluates medical research.
"We recorded no convincing evidence that vaccines can reduce mortality, admissions, serious complications and community transmission of influenza," he added in a report in The Lancet medical journal.
Courtesy of Reuters 2/25/2005
Steve - The influenza vaccine is one of several vaccines on the market that still contain mercury-preservative thimerosal.