-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- All children and adolescents
6 months of age and older should receive the annual trivalent
influenza vaccine this flu season, according to updated
recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The AAP also says special efforts should be made to immunize
anyone who falls into the following categories: all family members,
household contacts and out-of-home care providers of children
younger than 5 years of age; children with high-risk conditions
such as asthma, diabetes and neurological disorders; health care
workers; and pregnant women.
These groups are most vulnerable to flu-related complications,
the academy pointed out in a news release.
Two influenza vaccines were recommended last year but only one
trivalent vaccine is being made for the 2010-11 seasonal influenza
vaccine schedule. In this year's trivalent vaccine, the 2009
pandemic influenza A (H1N1) strain has replaced last year's
influenza A (H1N1) strain. The new vaccine also includes two other
strains of flu virus.
The seasonal flu vaccine policy statement was released online
Monday and will be published in the October print issue of the
Other recommendations included in the policy statement are as
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
seasonal flu and vaccination.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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