Yes, Kentucky health officials are urging the public to get their flu shot earlier this time around, as it has the potential to be as bad, if not worse, as last season's epidemic. The flu season had been tough on his family and the students in his care.
While it's hard to predict the severity of a flu season, Fauci said Australia just wrapped up a mild flu season, "so we're hoping for the best this year".
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marks off October through May as the typical flu season, the virus can be contracted year-round.
That's why the AAP recommends the flu shot as the first choice for children and says you should consider the nasal spray flu vaccine only as a backup, such as for children who are especially fearful of needles. For those who decide to get the shot, there are two options. Still, AAP says the effectiveness of the latest version remains an unknown against the strain.
The 3rd source was manufacturer data concerning shedding and immunogenicity associated with the administration of LAIV containing the new H1N1pdm09-like vaccine virus, A/Slovenia/2903/2015, among children aged 24 months through less than 4 years of age. But this year, some who squirm at the thought of a shot are able to opt in for a nasal spray instead.
This CDC recommendation follows a particularly severe 2017-18 season during which 179 children in the United States of America died from influenza-associated illness. No flu vaccine will ever be 100 ideal in helping you not get the flu, but they will protect against the most common strains.
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"Have a conversation with your child's doctor about it".
However, doctors still recommend getting one. Almost half of the deaths were of children who had been healthy.
"Staying healthy is the goal for all of us", Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician in Seattle and AAP spokesperson, said in a statement. It is possible to get the virus even if you get the vaccine, yes, but the vaccines allow your body to fight it off much quicker.
The importance of vaccines is underscored by a recent measles outbreak that has affected more than 100 people in 21 states; measles is easily prevented with a vaccine the CDC recommends for all children. This might include antibiotics, gelatin, or egg since these products are used to create the vaccine. If you do decide to get the vaccine, you should be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting under the supervision of a healthcare provider who can recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.
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The Knox County Health Department plans to use flu mist during the school clinics that will take place in October.