Influenza infection is a common reason children and teens are hospitalized in the United States each year. While the flu vaccine is safe and effective just over half of children, age six months to 17 years, were vaccinated during last year’s flu season. A new study examined whether sending parents text message reminders would increase the rate of flu vaccinations in children. Catherine Dolf has more in this week’s JAMA Report. SOURCE: JAMA. 2012;307(16):1702-1708. Dr. Melissa Stockwell's Bio