The American Academy of Pediatrics is sending a message to parents today. They're urging everyone to have their children immunized against influenza as soon as the vaccine is available. Flu season can last anywhere from October through March, but because the flu virus can strike at any time, and because of international travel, health care professionals are asking parents to be proactive about immunization.
Recommendations of the AAP this season is that all children starting at six months get the flu vaccine as soon as its available and, there are choices.
Of the vaccines available, one protects against three strains and the other protects against four, but the AAP doesn't favor one over the other despite the added protection
Some parents with kids older than two prefer the nasal mist spray because its less painful and threatening to the kids.
The nasal spray is for children that don't have respiratory conditions or congestion, are allergy free, and not sick. Latest research finds those with egg allergies can receive the inactivated vaccine. The AAP does recommend pediatricians consult an allergist before vaccinating children with previous history of severe reactions.
To avoid a shortage this year the CDC is pledging to produce between 135 and 139 million flu vaccine doses.