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Influenza vaccine recommended for all pediatric patients

Wed Oct. 6, 2010 10:04 a.m.

This year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that all children 6 months-21 years of age receive influenza vaccine. This year the influenza vaccine will combine one H1N1 strain and two seasonal strains. Last year there were separate H1N1 and seasonal vaccines due to time constraints in the manufacturing process. This recommendation from the AAP represents a progressive expansion for who should be vaccinated. For example, in 2000, the vaccine was only recommended for certain high risk groups such as children with asthma, HIV infection, and sickle cell anemia. The vaccine is currently available throughout Las Vegas at many doctor's offices and pharmacies. The Southern Nevada Health District, commonly referred to as the Health Department, will begin offering the vaccine October 11, 2010. The ACIP does not anticipate shortages of the vaccine as has occurred in some prior years. It is important to try to be vaccinated prior to the onset of influenza season which typically starts in January. Oshiro Pediatrics, located at the intersection of Eastern Ave. and Harmon is currently providing influenza vaccine to its patients. They are accepting new patients. You can call 733-6033, go to www.oshiropediatrics.com, or check out Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oshiro-Ped...) for more information.

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