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2012-13 Flu Vaccine Guidance Updates Recommendations for Kids
Statement Also Addresses Febrile Seizures, Egg Allergy
By Matt Brown
- descriptions of available vaccine products and indications,
- a discussion of febrile seizures associated with administration of influenza and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines,
- recommendations for vaccination among people with a history of egg allergy, and
- information about the development of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (i.e., containing two A and two B viral antigens) for use in future influenza seasons.
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 CDC said it expects multiple influenza vaccine presentations to be available for the upcoming season.
The Academy recommends routine annual influenza vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older. To allow adequate time for production of protective antibody levels, vaccination optimally should occur before the onset of influenza activity in the community and should be offered throughout the influenza season.
The new recommendations, generated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), were reviewed and recommended for approval by the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science. ACIP recommendations are considered provisional until they have been approved by the CDC director and HHS and published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.