New report recommends getting flu shots now

CLEVELAND -- The American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents Monday to get their children vaccinated against the flu as soon possible.

A report published in the October issue of Pediatrics, updates recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications to prevent and treat influenza in children.

According to the report, there will be two new types of flu vaccines available this year.  One will cover four different strains of the flu, more than any previous vaccines.  Another is made without eggs, making it appropriate for those with egg allergies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that anywhere between 3,000 to 49,000 people a year die from flu in the United States, and up to 200,000 are sick enough to be hospitalized.

During last year’s flu season, 160 children died from the flu.

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