Pediatric Group Issues New Flu Shot Guidelines2010-Aug-30
-- 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
- Children younger than 6 months of age should not receive
influenza vaccine because they are too young.
- For children 9 years of age and older, only one dose is
- For children younger than 9 years but older than 6 months, a
minimum of two doses of 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine is needed. If
they already received the H1N1 vaccine during last year's flu
season, one dose of vaccine is needed this year, otherwise they
will need two doses of seasonal influenza vaccine this year.
- Those under 9 years of age who have never received the seasonal
flu vaccine before will need two doses this year.
- Children younger than 9 years who received seasonal flu vaccine
last year for the first time, but only received one dose, should
receive two doses this year.
- Also, those under 9 years who received a flu vaccine last year,
but for whom it is unclear whether it was a seasonal flu vaccine or
the H1N1 flu vaccine, should receive two doses this year.
- All children who are recommended to get two doses this year
should receive the second dose at least four weeks after the first
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
seasonal flu and vaccination.
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