CDC changes guidelines for vaccinating children against flu

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The flu vaccine can be administered as early as six months of age and protects against various strands of the flu.

The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for anyone six months of age and older. This contagious respiratory disease kills more people in the US than any other vaccine-preventable disease. During the 2016-17 flu season, more than 100 children in the USA died as a result of the flu, and thousands more were hospitalized for severe illness or complications from the virus.

Who should get a flu shot?

On October 24, the New Mexico Department of Health reported the state's first flu death of the season, involving an 82-year-old man from Bernalillo County who had recently been hospitalized. Fifteen Delaware residents died from the flu during the 2016- 2017 flu season. This year's flu shot offers protection against two in influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2 virus) and one influenza B virus. However, if the Australian flu season is any indication, it could be a bad year. Getting the shot helps protect young children, older adults, pregnant women and other vulnerable people who are more likely to be fall ill from the flu, said Hesch. (Some male doctors are surprisingly squeamish, she jokes, as are some people with elaborate tattoos who are no strangers to getting poked with needles).

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Most people who are infected with influenza can develop high fevers, chills, body aches, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting that usually lasts 10 days, according to Dr. Gale Burstein, commissioner of the Erie County Health Department.

Flu shots are now available at your doctor's office, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.

IPSWICH children are now eligible for a free flu vaccine.

Ms Howard said a childhood immunisation awareness campaign next year would provide parents and carers with details about recommended vaccinations for children aged under five, including the free influenza vaccine program. The idea that people in poor health shouldn't get them is related to the myth that the vaccines make you sick with flu.

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