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AAP urges flu shots for all children and heath care workers

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Flu season is just around the corner and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges all children and health care workers to get the flu vaccine. 

In previous years, the AAP website says an estimated 90 percent of pediatric deaths have occurred in unvaccinated children. 

During last year's flu season, 145 children died from influenza-related illness, and many of these children had no underlying medical condition. 

“Now is the time to call your pediatrician and make an appointment, or find out when flu clinics start. Flu vaccine is a critically important, every-year vaccine that can protect your child from very serious illness and death due to a virus that is so often common in our communities, and so common in childhood," said pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, a spokeswoman for the AAP.

The flu season may start in the fall or winter, have more than one disease peak and extend into late spring, the AAP urges parents to seek the earliest opportunity to have their kids immunized. 

According to AAP's website there are two types of flu vaccines available for children: 

The inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) is given by injection and is approved for children 6 months of age and older. It is available as a trivalent vaccine, which protects against three strains of the flu virus, and as a quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against four strains. 

Also available is the quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which is given by intranasal spray and is approved for healthy patients 2 through 49 years of age.

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