Flu vaccine recommended for all children 6 months and older

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It's time to call your pediatrician. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made a similar recommendation.) While the shot is still effective for those who get it later in the fall or winter, getting vaccinated before flu season is in full swing offers the best protection, the CDC says. A separate program already provides flu shots to teachers and staff, Johnson said. Additionally, she noted that flu can be more risky for children who have asthma, the most common chronic illness among students in her district. "Kind no longer scramble trick-or-treating except you delight in had your flu shot". Many pediatricians could be providing their sufferers both the frequent flu shot and FluMist nasal spray. The flu shot comprises useless influenza virus strains, while the nasal spray comprises weakened viruses. The flu shot is the academy's first different for young individuals 6 months and older because it has supplied the most constant protection in opposition to all strains of the virus in fresh years. Flu season typically lasts from October to March but can continue as late as May, the CDC says.

About 80 percent of the children who died from flu complications never received the vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 2,150 people died of flu-related causes in the Houston area past year, including 15 children, the Houston Chronicle reported.

While it's hard to predict the severity of a flu season, Fauci said Australia just wrapped up a mild flu season, "so we're hoping for the best this year". "Being immunized reduces the risk of a child being hospitalized due to flu".

The 2017-18 flu season ranked among the most severe on record, excluding pandemics. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, recalled that Australia had a "unpleasant season closing three hundred and sixty five days, and indubitably, we had a extremely immoral season closing three hundred and sixty five days", as successfully. Still, he cautioned, "their season is not completely over yet".

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"One of the most important things about flu that we all have learned through experience is that it is generally unpredictable", Fauci said.

The CDC urges nearly everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated each year. Even supposing antiviral medicines are well-known within the treatment of flu, they're no longer a substitute for vaccination, the pediatrics crew furthermore suggested. "But I wouldn't let that stop people from going ahead and getting the vaccine now", says Carter. "It's likely to be an iterative process where we do better each season by getting broader coverage and more potent coverage of influenza".

"If you're anxious, just bring them in, let me listen to the hearts and lungs and make sure there's no superinfection", said Dr. Shilpa Patel, a pediatrician.

There have also been no confirmed cases of the flu at the hospital this summer, according to Terri Hannibal, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at Tuomey.

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