Time to get flu shots

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Time to get flu shots

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

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


Flu shots

  • 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


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