It’s flu shot season already and the American Academy of Pediatrics has a new policy statement out this week. Their big message is to get all children up to date on their flu shots as early as possible. That’s now!
What is Influenza?
- Virus causes cough, high fever and pneumonia
- Influenza is unpredictable from year to year
- At risk for serious infection: infants, pregnant, the elderly and people with chronic disease
- Causes life-threatening infections for some
- Recommended for all infants and children 6 months and older
- Injected shot or nasal spray (ages 2-49)
- New flu strains this year: 3 or 4 strains in each dose
- Get vaccinated early, especially if in a high-risk population
What parents need to know
- Flu shots for all people
- Egg-allergic children should be vaccinated
- Children under 9 may need a second dose
- Protect infants and those at high risk: Infants, children under 5 years, pregnant women, those with asthma, diabetes and chronic illness