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Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson on the 2018/2019 Flu Vaccine Recommendations

November 14, 2019


Influenza is a serious and deadly infection. It killed over 80,000 Americans last year, including 180 children. That’s why we recommend the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. It’s especially important for high risks groups, which includes children under the age 5, all those people with underlying health conditions, those over the age of 65, and it’s especially important for pregnant moms, who when getting the vaccine protect themselves and also their newborn babies who are too young to be immunized. If your child is under the age of 9 and has never had a flu shot before, they will need two doses this year. The rest on us only need one. And this year’s flu vaccine adds extra protection because there are two new stains that weren’t included in last year’s vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for children the shot over the nasal spray because the last couple years they nasal spray wasn’t as effective against one particular strain called H1N1. Get into the pharmacy, clinic, or your pediatrician’s office now. I’ve already gotten my flu shot, and my entire family will be getting it too.

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