2012-2013 flu vaccine dose recommendations are out…
Flu shot season is coming!
I love summer and always feel a little depressed as I see the yellow school buses starting to show up in neighborhoods. Even though I don’t have any children that are young enough to head to the bus stop, I just feel a little sad when I see those summer days come to an end. It is still hot and humid and summer is still in full swing for at least another week or so for most kids, but the recommendations for flu shot dosing were just published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’ vaccine advisory panel. Flu season will be here quicker than we think, and parents need to think about getting their child a flu vaccine. Every year I get asked…will my child need one or two vaccines? These questions will help you and your health care provider determine whether your child between 6 months and 9 years old needs one or two vaccines for the flu this season.
- Has your child ever received the flu vaccine?
- If yes, did your child receive two or more total doses of the flu vaccine since July of 2010?
- If yes, your child needs one dose of the flu vaccine. If your child has not received two or more vaccines since July of 2010 then he or she will need two doses separated by at least 30 days.
- If your child has never gotten a flu vaccine or you are not sure about the number of doses, he or she should receive two doses to be safe.
- If your child is 9 or older, then one dose of flu vaccine is all that is necessary.
Children between 6 months and 9 years need two doses of the flu vaccine initially to establish first time immunity. This is my first reminder of several to come, the flu vaccine is a must for all parents and children over 6 months of age!! Keep yourself and your child healthy! Look ahead, plan to make that appointment for your child’s flu vaccines, and remember that your child may need 2 vaccines! Flu season will hit this winter, that is a promise, so be prepared. Now, let’s get back to enjoying summer!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.