NEW YORK, NY -- New York City's Board of Health approved a mandate that will require all children at city-run preschools and daycare centers to get flu vaccines.
The requirement is for all children ages six months to five years. But there are some exemptions including for medical or religious reasons.
Dr. Jay Varma says it could save the lives of thousands of children, "We expect that this requirement will save tens of thousands of kids, maybe up to as many as 20 to 25 thousand kids from getting severely ill."
Young children are among the most likely to be hospitalized or die from flu complications. Last flu season 169 children died from the flu with four of them in New York City.
There are 150,000 children who attend New York city-run preschools and daycare centers.