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, “Recommendations 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
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.