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Should Children Receive the Influenza ("flu") vaccine?

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend universal immunization for children with the influenza vaccine. However, this is an area within pediatrics that is often debated.

Certain children who are at risk of developing complications of the influenza virus should be vaccinated each year before the “flu season” begins. These groups include children 6 months of age and older who have asthma, congenital heart disease, juvenile diabetes, chronic kidney problems, HIV infection, sickle cell disease, or compromised immune system function.

The two main considerations against recommending the influenza vaccine for all children are the lack of complete safety data in children and the ability to get every child vaccinated each year within a certain time period before the “flu season” begins.

For more information about this debated subject, visit the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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