AAP releases immunization recommendations for 2013-2014 flu season

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement on Monday that recommended all children six months and older and any persons belonging to high-risk populations receive immunization against the influenza as soon as possible.

The statement can be found in the AAP's online journal Pediatrics under the title "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2013-2014." The AAP recommended either the trivalent or quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protect against three and four strains of flu respectively.

"Parents should not delay vaccinating their children to obtain a specific vaccine," lead author and pediatrician Henry Bernstein said. "Influenza virus is unpredictable, and what's most important is that people receive the vaccine soon, so that they will be protected when the virus begins circulating."

The study recommended all children older than six months, children with chronic health conditions, adults in regular contact with children, pregnant women, women that may become pregnant, health care workers and anyone of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent receive immunization against the influenza.

The AAP also announced that most people with egg allergies may still receive the inactivated influenza vaccine. The AAP recommends that any children hospitalized for influenza should receive oseltamivir or zanamivir antiviral medication. Oseltamivir may be used for both term and preterm infants, while only chemoprophylaxis should be considered for term infants.