What's New for the Flu?

November 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p78
Flu season, which begins in December and lasts until March, is fast approaching. The good news is that, unlike with colds, one can — and should — protect the family against the flu. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians arc recommending that all children ages 6 to 23 months receive the influenza vaccine. Recent studies show that babies and toddlers are at a high risk for flu-related hospitalizations. in fact, 58 children in the United States in that age group died last year from the flu. Because the flu spreads when small droplets arc expelled into the air by an infected person's cough or sneeze, it is extremely contagious and twice as likely to affect young children who spend time in groups— at childcare centers and preschools— than it is older people.


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