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New flu vaccine recommendations for kids: Here’s what you need to know



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Wondering if it's worth getting your child vaccinated for the flu? Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say. The new 2017 recommendations, released in the Journal Pediatrics say the vaccine should be given to everyone 6 months and older, and the best time to get vaccinated is by the end of October.

Also, the AAP is recommending for the second year in a row that everyone 6 months and older get a good old-fashioned flu shot rather than the nasal spray, FluMist. This year's vaccine comes in either a formulation that protects against three or four strains of the virus, some that are the same as last year with others that are different.

The flu can be deadly. According to the AAP, more than 100 children in the US died from the flu last year, with thousands more hospitalized.

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of young infants should also be vaccinated, in order that their babies receive some protection, as well. According to the AAP, vaccination is the best protection saying that it's even more important for babies (over 6 months) who were born preterm or children who have asthma, lung diseases, heart disease, diabetes or weakened immune systems to get the vaccine, because they are more likely to have life-threatening complications from the flu.

For more information, consult your doctor.

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