Flu vaccine urged for infants

Filed under: Babies, Toddlers Preschoolers, Health & Safety: Babies

This year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is recommending that kids as young as six months receive the influenza vaccine. There are plenty of doses of the vaccine available -- 143 million -- so the additional kids do not represent a problem. Dr. Julie Gerberding of the CDC says that more kids vaccinated means fewer kids that will die, not to mention fewer "headaches with cranky children."

"It's a fact," Gerberding noted, "that the influenza vaccine saves lives by not only helping to prevent flu but also by preventing the serious complications that sometimes result from infection with influenza." The CDC is confident that the vaccine this year will "be on target", according to Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the influenza division. Despite a less-than-ideal vaccine last year, there have been good matches sixteen of the last twenty years.

We'll likely get our kids vaccinated, including the baby if our pediatrician recommends it. Will you do the same?

Will you get your kids vaccinated against the flu this year?
Yes, all of them151 (54.5%)
Just the older ones -- six months is too young37 (13.4%)
No, the cure is worse than the disease89 (32.1%)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.