The flu season is fast approaching and this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded immunization recommendations to include all children from 6 months to 18 years of age.
"It is important that all children get immunized against this illness because children are at greater risk of experiencing complications as a result of influenza," says Dr. Gerald Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Loughlin offers the following guidelines to help parents protect their children and their entire families from catching the flu this winter:
Get your family members vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the following groups get immunized against the flu every year:
Physicians and nurses at the Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell strongly urge parents to have their children immunized early to make sure they have optimal protection during December and January when flu epidemics are at their peak.
Materials provided by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/W. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
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