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Pediatricians say all children should receive flu shot ASAP

Pediatricians say all children should receive flu shot ASAP

Time to call your doctors, because flu season is officially here, two months ahead of time.

Johnson made it happen. This fall, for the first time, the Houston Independent School District will give every student in the district the opportunity to get a free flu shot, regardless of whether they have insurance.

The CDC reporting a record number of children died from the influenza this past flu season.

Children with egg allergy can receive the flu vaccine with the same precautions considered for any vaccine. Districts in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and elsewhere have also put programs in place to facilitate vaccinations for students.

Shu explained that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation differs from that of the academy; the CDC says that either the flu shot or FluMist is fine.

She added, "Because we can't point to a specific child in a room and say you'll be fine getting the flu, I can't even recommend that you abstain from the vaccine".

"If you're anxious, just bring them in, let me listen to the hearts and lungs and make sure there's no superinfection", said Dr. Shilpa Patel, a pediatrician.

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A total of 292 people in SC died from the flu last season, which technically runs until October when it starts over. It also emphasizes that the shot is preferred over the nasal mist.

In addition to preventing absences and individual illnesses, vaccinating children against the flu helps the whole community by preventing the virus from spreading to those who might be in more danger if they get sick, such as infants, pregnant women, and the elderly, said Jennifer Dillaha, medical director for immunizations at the Arkansas Department of Health.

A new study has found that the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has reached more than 10%, which is a significant increase during the past 20 years, Kaiser Health News reported. So, it is important to get your flu shot soon, especially for kids who are heading back to school now. According to the article, the AAP said children should be given an injectable vaccine unless a child will only be vaccinated if he or she can forgo a needle, or if the physician runs out of flu shots.

However, doctors still recommend getting one. Flu season typically peaks between December and March, but high flu activity can last from October to May.

The CDC recommends that anyone 6 months of age or older should get vaccinated against the flu, particularly people in certain risk categories such as young children, older Americans, people who are immunocompromised and people with chronic conditions.

In response, AstraZeneca tweaked its vaccine and won the CDC's backing.


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