New childhood flu vaccine guidelines approved

New influenza vaccine guidelines for children developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have been approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health & Human Services.

The new guidelines for the 2012-2013 season include a change in the prevention protocol for children between the ages of six months and eight years, PhysBizTech.com reports.

Children in this age group will only require one dose of the vaccine if the child has received two or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine before July 1, 2010; two or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine before July 1, 2010, in addition to one or more doses of monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine; and one or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine before July 1, 2010, in addition to one or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine since July 1, 2010, according to PhysBizTech.com.

The CDC suggests children who fall outside the criteria within the age bracket receive two doses of the upcoming influenza vaccine given at least four weeks apart.

“Children who received the seasonal trivalent vaccine before the 2010-11 season, but did not receive vaccine containing the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) antigen, are recommended to receive two doses this season, regardless of the number of doses they received prior to the 2010-11 season,” the American Academy of Family Physicians said, according to PhysBizTech.com.

The AAFP supports the recommendations approved by the CDC.

The guidelines also provide recommendations for vaccination for people who have egg allergies, a discussion of febrile seizures connected to the administration of influenza and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, descriptions of available vaccine products, and indications and data on the development of quadrivalent influenza vaccines for use in future influenza seasons.

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