- Who should be vaccinated?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.
- How many doses are necessary?
Depending on the child`s age and vaccination history, the number of influenza shots may vary. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age should receive 2 doses of influenza vaccine if they are being vaccinated for the first time against influenza. Children 9 years of age and older only require one dose of vaccine, regardless of past vaccination.
- Is there a vaccine formulation that is better?
This season, there are two flu vaccine injection formulations available, one with three (trivalent) and other with four (quadrivalent) virus strains. Neither vaccine formulation is preferred over the other.
- What about the nasal spray vaccine?
For the 2018-2019 season, the CDC approved the nasal spray flu vaccine, also known as live attenuated influenza vaccine, as an option for protection against influenza. Nevertheless, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the flu shot as first choice of protection for all children 6 months and older. They considered there wasn’t enough information to assure that this season's nasal spray flu vaccine would work as well as the flu shot to protect children. The nasal spray vaccine could be used this year for children 2 years of age or older who would not otherwise receive the flu shot, as long as they are healthy without an underlying medical condition.
- What other preventive measures can be taken?
There are a few actions that can help keep you and your family from getting sick with the flu. Make sure your children are aware of them and incorporating these healthy habits in their daily routine.
- Wash your hands often with regular soap and water. There is evidence that antibacterial soap may eliminate normal bacteria and increase chances of resistant bacteria growth. When soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with dirty hands.
- Avoid keeping close contact with sick people.
- If you or one of your family members get sick, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. Except to get medical care and other necessities.
May you have any questions regarding influenza vaccination or any other health concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health provider at Angel Kids.