AAP Updates Recommendations for Flu Vaccine
Vaccination encouraged for everyone 6 months of age and older (Sept. 10)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on September 10 that it recommends annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all individuals 6 months of age and older, including all children, adolescents, and young adults.
An updated policy statement, published online in Pediatrics, includes guidance on vaccine formulations, dosing, and administration, as well as current treatment guidelines for antiviral medications.
According to the AAP, special efforts should be made to vaccinate people in the following groups:
- Children who have chronic medical conditions that increase their risk of influenza complications, such as asthma, diabetes, immunosuppression, or neurologic disorders
- Family members and others who are in contact with children with high-risk conditions and with children under the age of 5 years (especially children under 6 months of age)
- All healthcare personnel
- Women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, have just delivered, or are breast-feeding during influenza season
For more information, visit the AAP Web site.