Kids & Flu Shots

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Kids & Flu Shots
Thu, 09-12-2013 - 9:18am

As soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged 6 months and older to get vaccinated, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP now recommends that kids be protected against the flu with either the trivalent vaccine, which contains three strains of the virus, or with a new quadrivalent vaccine that offers protection against four strains of flu.

New Guidelines About Kids and Flu Shots: What You Need to Know-

Will your little one(s) get the flu shot this year?

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Registered: 12-15-2008
Thu, 09-12-2013 - 10:48pm

My youngest will not get a flu shot until they can make it without using and egg base (we have to avoid all raw eggs with her due to a genetic disorder).  The rest of us probably won't get it either.  The science behind the flu vaccines is so flawed that there's no way to guarantee that you won't get the flu.  They randomly choose from the available A & B strains, cross their fingers and hope that the version going around this year will be one of those strains - all because of how long it takes to create the vaccine.  Now if they could quickly create a vaccine that is based on the strain that actually is going around, then I would reconsider.

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