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AAP Updates Recommendations for Flu Vaccine

9/10/2012 For Release:  September 10, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 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, β€œRecommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2012-2013” in the October 2012 Pediatrics (published online Sept. 10), includes guidance on vaccine formulations, dosing, and administration, as well as current treatment guidance 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, like asthma, diabetes, immunosuppression, or neurologic disorders; family members and others who are in contact with children with high-risk conditions and children under age 5 (especially children under 6 months of age); all health care personnel; and women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, have just delivered or are breast-feeding during influenza season.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.