AAP: Kids Should Receive Flu Vaccinations By the End of Octo
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As the 2020/21 influenza season is poised to collide with a cold-weather surge in COVID-19 transmission, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that all eligible children 6 months of age and older receive their flu vaccinations by the end of October.

Immunization with any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine — intranasal or injectable — is acceptable, the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases states in the updated recommendations. The policy statement is published online today in Pediatrics.

This year's recommendations are in accord with those of the CDC and are very similar to last year's, but the vaccines themselves have changed," researchers said.

According to the CDC, 188 children and adolescents under age 19 years died of influenza complications during last year's flu season. Typically, approximately 80% of children who die from influenza were unvaccinated.

Authors note that as with other infections, once a child has recovered from COVID-19, there would be no contraindication to receiving the influenza vaccine. But the two infections can initially be indistinguishable based on clinical symptoms alone. Indeed, this is why testing and treating for influenza is important as soon as symptoms begin, and this is why preventing flu by vaccination is so important as well.

Please find the key updates for the 2020-21 season in the posters attached below.

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice. Kindly refer to the original document below.

Source: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2020/09/04/peds.2020-024588
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