Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

AAP Recommends Injectable Flu Vaccines Over Nasal Spray for Children

AAP Recommends Injectable Flu Vaccines Over Nasal Spray for Children

Children may still be dusting of the last of summer and barely settling into the school year, but now is the time to get a flu shot. Shu explained that the US Centers for Disease Bag an eye fixed on and Prevention advice differs from that of the academy; the CDC says that either the flu shot or FluMist is ok.

Getting vaccinated against the flu is not the only preventative shot Palmetto Health is backing. The flu shot comprises useless influenza virus strains, while the nasal spray comprises weakened viruses. But this year, some who squirm at the thought of a shot are able to opt in for a nasal spray instead. Vaccination also is safe during breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.

How many doses should my child get?


"Everyone over 6 months of age should get their flu vaccine before Halloween", said Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu, who is a member of the academy but was not involved in the new recommendations.

Many recommend you get your flu shot before the end of October, and you may be able to be vaccinated as soon as mid-September.

If a child has received two or more vaccines before July 1, 2018, they need only one dose.

Excluding the 2009 pandemic, the number of pediatric deaths (180) was the highest reported since influenza-associated pediatric mortality became a nationally notifiable condition in 2004, the pediatrics academy said. Almost half of the deaths were of children who had been healthy. "As a pediatrician and mom, I see too often how quickly the flu spreads".

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The CDC recommended not using the nasal spray for the last two flu seasons because it appeared to be less effective than the flu shot in children-the population it had mostly been used in previously.

Paige Weiland, manager of Palmetto Health Tuomey Lab, said there were no positive flu tests in the hospital lab to date but that the season will "begin soon enough".

Johnson said she is happy Houston has "the opportunity to provide equitable access to vaccines for all of our children and provide them all the opportunity to be protected, regardless of where they live in the district and their ability to pay".

"Every time you cough into your hand, you're spreading your germs, and then you smear those germs all over your phone - and then you put the phone up to your face".

The CDC offers an online flu vaccine finder. Still, AAP says the effectiveness of the latest version remains an unknown against the strain.

Find a location near you and schedule an appointment. If you don't have insurance, that's OK. Pay $50 for a shot, according to the website. "Get the shot. It just makes sense".

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