Flu Shots Recommended for Children

September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 5:37 AM EDT

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September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 5:37 AM EDT


Cleveland Clinic (WKBW) – Experts said the flu can be serious in young children and they want to prevent it all together. The experts recommend all children six months or older get this vaccine as soon as possible.

Doctors said there are two different types of flu vaccines. They don’t recommend one over the other but say children should get the first vaccine available to them. They encourage parents not to wait.

Although most kids react well to the vaccines, they said there are exceptions. The latest research shows people who have egg allergies can receive the inactivated flu vaccine. Experts recommend pediatricians talk to allergist before vaccinating any children with a history of severe reactions.

“The season can last any where from October to March but because of international travel or anything else it can strike at any time in the year. We really want to make sure. That when the vaccine is available we get kids in right away. There are two one that protects against three strains one that protects against four. The AAP is recommending both of them and they are saying don't wait for one or the other,” Cleveland Clinic Dr. Emma Raizman said.

Kids two-years-old and up will be happy to hear they may be able to avoid a shot because they are eligible for the nasal mist spray.

To avoid a shortage of the vaccine this season, the Center for Disease Control is pledging to produce between 135 million and 139 million flu vaccine doses.

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