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Flu Shot In, Nasal Spray Out: What Families Need to Know About the 2017-18 Flu Season

​​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older, including children and adolescents. 

Like last season, the nasal spray vaccine is NOT recommended for use in the US for this 2017-18 flu season.

Caused by the influenza virus, the flu spreads quickly each fall and winter. It can cause serious complications, including death, in otherwise healthy children. 

Immunizing your child is the best way to prevent influenza and its serious complications. Each year, on average, 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications. In addition, at least 104 children died from the flu in the 2016-2017 season. Being immunized every year significantly reduces the risk of a child being hospitalized due to flu.

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Last Updated
9/4/2017
Source
American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2017)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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