It did. Last year, the flu season set a record as the longest-running in a decade, petering out around April, and led to record-breaking hospitalizations. But with flu season starting in October, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that early vaccination is vital for children.
“You won’t be fully protected for about two weeks after you get the shot,” said Dr. Jean Moorjani, a pediatrician at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital. “What I say to patients is to try and get your appointment by Halloween.”
In a policy update published this week in “Pediatrics,” the organization advised that children ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccination now to protect against the virus.
Some parents don’t see the urgency with more than half reporting in a recent survey that they believe the vaccination causes the flu.
Flu vaccine 2019-20 recommendations
- Healthy children should receive the shot no later than the end of October.
- Unlike last year, the organization says either the nasal spray or shot is acceptable.
- Pregnant women may receive the vaccine at any time during their pregnancy. Postpartum women are encouraged to get the vaccine before they are discharged from the hospital. Receiving the vaccine while breastfeeding is considered safe for the infant.
Is one shot enough?
For most every child, one shot is all he or she will need.