Seasonal flu vaccinations appear to be safe and effective for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to a study published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study was conducted on over 45,000 US children who were found to have contacted no side effects on being injected with flu vaccines. Researchers say that even children between the ages of 6 months to 23 months can benefit by these vaccines with almost no side effects.
According to reports released by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five American suffers from flu with as many as 36,000 deaths due to the complications of the infection. One of the best and safe ways to prevent the flu is getting vaccinated.
Though CDC recommends that everybody get the flu vaccination, it is more specific about children under 5 years of age, Pregnant women and people aged 50 or above. CDC also says that children under 2 years are more susceptible to the disease and only those who are above 65 have an increased risk of serious complications.
If a child is being administered the vaccine for the first time, then the vaccine should be given in two separate doses, each a month apart. Though the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices had recommended that children between 6 months and 23 months of age receive the vaccine since the 2004-05 flu season, not many had taken the advice fearing complications.
This study must ease those fears if any. Dr. Simon Hambidge of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, chief author of the report told Reuters that the study also added to â€œprior evidence that influenza vaccine is safe in infants and young children.â€