Even though there are not yet much of temperature changes, fall is still making its presence felt. Children are returning to school after their summer of freedom, and everyone is changing their wardrobe to prepare themselves for the chill period to come. On top of that, the American Academy of Pediatrics has already issued its guidelines for kids and their recommended flu shots.
Authorities Found that 80% of Fatal Flu Cases Concerned Kids Who Didn’t Get Their Flu Shots
Flu might not be as harmful as other illnesses, but it is more common than others, and it can cause great discomfort. Severe cases can include complications such as pneumonia, sinus infections, and dehydration. There are also many people with weak immune systems that make for easier targets. Usually, these persons are children with ages below five and pregnant women.
Last year, U.S. authorities registered 104 deaths among children due to cases of flu. Reports found 80 to 85% of fatal symptoms appear to those kids age six months or older who didn’t get vaccinated. Even though the flu season starts in October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the shot as early as September for preventive reasons.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Has Already Updated Its Recommendations Regarding Flu Management
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also released new recommendations regarding the importance of taking the flu shots. The report contains new bits of information as the strain of this virus has the habit to change its nature each year. Therefore, communities this year are to receive new vaccines that take care of influenza A (H1N1) as well.
The AAP urges parents to vaccinate their children two times if they haven’t received such doses before. However, the two procedures should be at least four weeks apart and applied only to children that are at least six-month-old. From this point on, these kids will need only one seasonal vaccine each year.
The new guidelines are also recommending all health care employees to boost their immunity against the flu virus. This regards any person who has daily access to a place that takes care of patients.
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