The CDC calls the flu shot safe, effective, and the single best way to protect children from influenza.
Fort Lee, NJ (PRWEB) December 26, 2012
Each year, thousands of children in the U.S. and Canada become sick with seasonal influenza. On average, 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized annually due to complications caused by influenza. As flu season begins throughout North America, HealthyForKids.com is disseminating CDC guidelines on flu shots to help parents make the best decision regarding flu vaccinations for their children.
According to CDC guidelines, children commonly need medical care because of influenza, particularly before they turn five. Severe complications from the flu are most common in children under 2 and in those with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, and disorders of the brain or nervous system.
Flu season varies in severity from one year to the next, but every year the flu claims the lives of children. Between 2003 and 2012, the CDC reported anywhere from 46 to 153 child deaths each year from influenza. During the 2009 HINI pandemic, 348 children died, according to CDC reports.
Releasing its Vaccine Virus Selection for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season, the CDC calls the vaccine safe, effective, and the single best way to protect children from influenza.
Parents are also advised to get a flu shot annually to protect themselves, children under six months old, and children who have not yet been vaccinated. Even pregnant women are encouraged to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their unborn fetus.
HealthyForKids.Com offers information on flu vaccines for children as part of its promise to provide parents with healthy and valuable information. The HealthyForKids.com community is made up of like-minded moms and dads who understand the importance of raising children with healthy eating habits, a well-rounded fitness regimen, and plenty of useful information on parenting today.
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