(KUTV) The American Academy of Pediatrics this week published their 2017-2018 Flu vaccine recommendations for kids. Katrina Jensen, RN with Intermountain Moms stopped by to answer some common questions and facts you need to know….
• WHY should my child get the flu vaccine?
It’s the best prevention. Last year more than 100 U.S. children died of the flu and thousands more were hospitalized for severe illness or complications from the FLU
• WHEN should you vaccinate your child for the flu?
Vaccines need to be given yearly by the end of October or as soon as they become available in your community
• WHO needs a vaccine?
Flu vaccine should be given to everyone 6 months and older including pregnant and breast feeding moms
• WHO is at highest risk for getting the flu?
Infants born prematurely, those with chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, weakened immune systems, among others.
• WHO else should get FLU vaccines?
Health care employees, child care employees, teachers, pregnant women, elderly.
• WHICH vaccine? Flu Shot or Flu Mist?
Last year the mist was not recommended. Make sure you ask your Dr. for this year’s recommendations
• WHERE can you get a FLU vaccine?
Your Dr.’s office, local pharmacies, Utah state health department (see locations on web site)