Pediatricians Update Flu Shot Recommendations for Kids

posted: 09/09/16
by: Katherine Sosnoff
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With summer in the rearview, flu season is now in plain sight and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidelines on this season's flu shot and the new recommendations may make parents cringe.

While in past years, kids have been able to opt for the pain-free FluMist vaccine (essentially a nasal spray instead of the traditional shot), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed this version of the flu shot less effective, thus the AAP is recommending the traditional shot instead. While many parents may be disappointed to learn that FluMist is no longer an option, the recommendation remains clear: children 6 months and older should be vaccinated before October, so stock up on some cool Band-Aids and get those flu shots!