September 20, 2014

For over-65s and Kids Aged 2-8

1 CDC’s New Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The flu kills about 24,000 Americans a year, and as usual, health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated as flu season nears, but this year they have added two specific new recommendations. The first is that children ages 2 to 8 be administered the painless FluMist nasal spray version of the vaccine, because research has found that it works a bit better for them, but that if the spray is not yet available, to get the injection rather than waiting. Second, seniors over age 65 are being urged to get a new pneumonia vaccination along with their flu shot. The new vaccine, Prevnar-13 from Pfizer, protects against a bacteria that can cause meningitis and other infections along with pneumonia, and should be followed up 6 months later with a traditional pneumonia vaccination.

More at Cbsnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Kids Should Get Flu Vaccine Now

Tags: Flu Season, Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine, Flu Vaccinations, CDC Flu Vaccination Advice, Pneumonia Vaccination for Seniors, Prevnar-13, FluMist

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