The flu is a common and unpredictable virus, which can cause serious health problems for otherwise healthy children.
“Flu vaccine is the best way we have to protect children against this virus,” said Henry Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP, author of both policy statements. “The flu virus is unpredictable. We cannot always anticipate how severely it will affect different groups of people. Being immunized with the flu vaccine every year significantly reduces the risk of your child being hospitalized due to flu, and it protects other vulnerable members of your family and community.” –
The AAP recommends that everyone who is 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu vaccination. Click here to review the recommendations
Flu Vaccine Recommendations
Who Should get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
EVERYONE! For the first time, all people 6 months and older are recommended for annual influenza vaccination. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against three viruses (an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season). More information on http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/
Why Flu Vaccine Matters
This powerful six and half-minute video, created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with Families Fighting Flu (FFF), features the personal stories of parents who have tragically lost or nearly lost a child to the flu. “Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu” intertwines the stories of these parents with the facts about influenza as explained by Dr. Jeanne Santoli, Deputy Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.
The video carries a strong message, underscoring the fact that influenza is serious and more than 20,000 children are hospitalized every year due to flu-related complications and some children tragically die.
Vaccination is the best and most effective way to help prevent the spread and potentially serious complications of the disease, especially for young children and children with chronic illnesses such as asthma.