Flu season is just around the corner and health officials are recommending some new guidelines parents should know about.
Flu shots are often recommended for children because they can face serious complications from influenza. Now health experts say even infants need flu shots.
Alyssa Giardano has never had a flu shot, but after a serious bout with influenza earlier this year, her mom said a flu shot is a priority.
"I never have in the past, but she got the flu and was in the hospital because she was so dehydrated, so definitely this year," Shelly Giardano, Alyssa’s mother, said.
Health officials said children less than nine years of age need two flu shots to boost their immunity, which means more doctors’ visits and shots for kids.
"I’d rather have one little shot than her end up in the hospital again," Giardano said.
And now for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that infants six to 24 months also get a flu shot.
"I think some kids are going to get vaccinated that way. I know the health department is making it available but I don't think it will be a huge aggressive campaign yet," said Dr. Eric Henley of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.
Doctors said if you plan to get a flu shot, you should get one in October or November. Doctors said kids under nine who've already had a flu shot will only need one shot.
It’s still early, but most local healthcare providers said they don't expect a flu shot shortage like we experienced last year. They say production was boosted so much last fall that there was a large surplus.
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Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/fluvac.htm ( The Center for Disease Control Vaccine Information Web site)