The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its recommends for routine trivalent seasonal influenza vaccinations. The organization now recommends that all healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years get the flu shot annually, including children who are healthy as well as those who have conditions that may increase the risk for complications from the flu.
Shot or Not?: No, children in this age group are too young to receive the flu vaccine.
Shot or Not?: Yes.
Shot or Not?: Yes. These preexisting conditions may increase the chance of a child experience more harmful complications from the flu.
Shot or Not?: Yes. The AAP now recommends that all healthy children from six months old through 18 years receive seasonal flu immunizations, even if they are otherwise healthy.
Shot or Not?: Yes. According to the AAP, it is important for health care and child care professionals, as well as anyone who comes in contact with high risk patients or children under the age of five, to be immunized.
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the October 2004 issue of Parents magazine.
Updated October 2009.
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