Doctors Recommend Flu Vaccines For Young Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published recommendations for vaccinating children ahead of the approaching flu season in the journal Pediatrics. The updated guidelines recommend vaccinating infants as young as 6 months for the upcoming flu strain. The AAP advises that younger children should receive two initial doses of the vaccine in order to build up immunity.

Though this year’s flu strain is the same as last years, vaccinating remains necessary as the immunity vaccines provide declines over time. The AAP also recommend vaccinating children using the nasal spray as opposed to injections if the nasal spray is readily available. While parents are discouraged from waiting if the nasal spray is unavailable, the spray has been shown to be slightly more effective in preventing sickness. The CDC does not recommend the nasal spray for children who have certain underlying medical conditions. Children who have asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or certain allergies should not receive the vaccine, according to the CDC.

Contracting the flu can have serious complication especially for young children. Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 100 children died of the flu. According to the AAP more than 90 percent of the children admitted in intensive care for the flu had not been vaccinated.

This is a vaccine-preventable disease, and there is no question that the more people who get vaccinated, the better off we all are,” said Dr. Henry Bernstein, lead author of the APA recommendations and pediatric specialist.

Read More – Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine For All Kids 6 Months and Older (Steven Reinberg, HealthDay WebMD)

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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