Flu Vaccination Needed Again This Year

November 12, 2012

Flu Vaccination Needed Again This Year

Flu Vaccine Same as Last Year However Annual Vaccination is Still Recommended

For only the fourth time in 25 years flu vaccination composition has remained the same for two consecutive seasons. The vaccine used last year and this year protects those vaccinated from the same three variants of influenza. But even if you were vaccinated last year you should still have another vaccination this year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children who were vaccinated last year should be re-vaccinated before the flu season begins this year. This is because the immunity to flu produced by the vaccination decreases until about 6 to 12 months after the shot the amount of protection has dropped by up to a half. Hence why annual vaccination gives the best protection and is recommended by so many health professionals. The AAP recommendation is that all children over 6 months should be vaccinated annually. Babies less than six months are not old enough to be vaccinated against flu.

Groups at Risk

High risk groups that should be vaccinated are those that could develop complications if they caught flu. These groups would include children less than 5 years of age, pregnant women or nursing mothers and any children with asthma or diabetes or any chronic condition. All family members, nursing staff or people in regular contact with the high risk groups should be vaccinated too according to AAP recommendations, in order to minimize the risk of complications occurring. During the 2010 – 2011 flu season more than one hundred children died from complications linked to flu.

Methods of Vaccination

For children aged between 6 months and 2 years immunization can only be carried out by injection. However for children older than 2 years old the flu vaccine can be administered by an intranasal mist or nasal spray. Most children up to 8 years old should receive 2 doses of the vaccine. The second dose should be given 4 weeks after the first one. This ensures maximum protection.

If your child has a history of egg allergy then you should discuss this with your health provider. Many researchers say that if the egg allergy is mild then the child can be safely vaccinated, your doctor will be able to advise you.

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