Average Age for Getting Flu Shot


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When Does The CDC Approve Vaccinations For Influenza?

According to the CDC, influenza vaccinations are approved for children older than six months; in fact the CDC recommends vaccinating. What this means is those the government considers “children” will have a broad range of vaccinated populations. According to the CDC, the highest vaccinated group in children between the ages of six months and eighteen years is the five to twelve year age range. According to the CDC, in the 2014-2015 flu season, approximately 75,989 children in this category were vaccinated, the highest concentration being 18,971 vaccinations in those aged five to twelve.

Reasons For The Five To Twelve Age Range Average

There are a lot of reasons for this. The CDC may recommend vaccination in children older than six months, but this may not be the best course of action if their health isn’t already up to par. Especially in situations where extreme poverty plays a role, vaccination should wait a little while. With vaccination, a subject is exposed to an inert antigen designed to stimulate an immune system response. This response comes in the form of a pseudo-illness that can last anywhere from several hours to several days. If a child is already sick when an inoculation is administered, this could compound existing stress on their developing immune system. At such an early age, the net result of such stress could be worse complications down the line. Know your child before you vaccinate, and when you do decide to go this route, be sure that they are in peak health. The pseudo-illness following a vaccination goes away soon in good health, but can worsen existing conditions. Other reasons people often vaccinate during this age range include:

  • A Child’s Introduction To Public School
  • Monetary Considerations
  • Maturity Of Child In Question
  • Availability Of Vaccination Options

The Importance Of Protecting Yourself And Loved Ones From Influenza

Every year in the United States, over 55,000 people die from complications whose root is ultimately the influenza virus. The official statistic says “influenza/pneumonia”. The reason it’s listed this way has to do with the almost symbiotic relationship between these two illnesses. Influenza in a very young or very old immune system can weaken the body such that other conditions like pneumonia eventually set up residence. Usually it isn’t influenza itself that kills people, but complications which result from the condition. Preparedness actions related to preventing influenza include vaccinations, but there are also a number of other remedies you can use should vaccinations no longer be available in your area.

Firstly, eating healthy always has a place on the doctor’s recommendation list. Avoid processed foods, get plenty of vitamins, protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients. The healthier you are, the stronger your immune system. To that end, it makes sense to work out as much as is sustainable. Keeping your body in peak condition will likewise aid in facilitating good health. Additionally it is being found that reduction of stress can lead to reduction in susceptibility to illness. What stress does to your DNA is wear down the telomeres holding it together. Think of telomeres like the equivalent of tape at the end of a shoelace; only in this case, the shoelace is your DNA. As the telomeres are worn down by stress, regular bodily function reduces its efficiency. This leaves you wide open to illnesses. There is a reason that depression, sadness, anger, and other high emotional levels of anxiety often result in an individual becoming ill. The body is weakened at the genetic level through improper stress levels. So ensure your child is relatively stressless.

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