FLU VACCINE FOR ALL
ANCHOR LEAD: THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS HAS EXPANDED ITS FLU VACCINE GUIDELINES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Everyone between the ages of 6 months and 18 years should be vaccinated against the flu, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended. Michael Crocetti, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, says new information has spurred this change in policy.
CROCETTI: Recently what’s been recognized is that school-aged children, they’re the ones that probably fuel the epidemic each year. They’re the ones that are spreading it to their grandparents and their parents and other people in the population, so then that led to well, this is the population we really need to target because they’re fueling the epidemic, so that led to the expansion. It went from six months to two, to six months to five, and now we’re six months to eighteen years. :28
Children younger than 6 months frequently fail to respond well to vaccination and are therefore excluded, but their mothers, even while pregnant, are recommended to get the vaccine. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.