Everyone get your flu shots! The flu mist (the live attenuated flu vaccination) will again NOT be available this upcoming 2017-2018 flu season. Please call your pediatrician’s office for an appointment of if you have questions. Also, read the link from the AAP regarding more details about the flu vaccination. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/09/01/peds.2017-2550
It may seem a little early to start talking about the flu, but there are recent publications providing important preliminary recommendations for the upcoming flu season. Notable is the recommendation that live attenuated influenza virus (LAIV) vaccine (i.e. Flumist) NOT be used for the 2017-18 season so prepare your children for injectable flu vaccine only! This is doubtful to change when final guidelines from the CDC come out later this summer. According to the CDC there were 99 pediatric deaths due to influenza this past season. That’s 99 too many in my opinion! KPA is already preparing for the 2017-18 influenza season and will let you know soon when we’ll begin flu shots. Click here to link to an important article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).