AAP Updated Flu Vaccine Dosage for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated recommendations for routine use of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for prevention and treatment of influenza in children during the 2012-2013 flu season with the inclusion of two options for Flu Vaccine dosing in children ages 6 months to 8 years.

The influenza A and B antigens are different from those in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasonal vaccines.

The 2012-2013 trivalent influenza vaccine contains the following:

  • A/California/7/2009 H1N1-like antigen
  • A/Victoria/361/2011 H3N2-like antigen
  • And B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like antigen

The new dosing for administering influenza vaccine to children ages 6 months to 8 years says that those who have received at least two doses of the trivalent seasonal vaccine since July 1010 need only one dose. If that condition hasn’t been met, the child should receive two doses separated by at least four weeks.

 

 

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