Pediatric Practice Association
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Influenza, including H1N1 (swine flu), is a vaccine-preventable illness. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from flu. If you haven’t been able to get the vaccine yet, call any of the PPA's clinic and check if they have it in stock? it’s important that you keep trying. H1N1 (swine flu) is widespread throughout most of the country now and could continue until spring.
Who should get vaccinated?
Because vaccine supply is limited now, people at highest risk of serious illness from the flu should have priority to receive the vaccine. The first people who should receive the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine include:
As more vaccine supply is available, all children ages 6 months through 24 years of age, and adults ages 25 through 64 with chronic medical conditions, should also be vaccinated.
How many doses do children need?
Children ages 9 and younger (up to their 10th birthday) will need two doses of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to receive the most protection against the virus. Ideally, they should get the second dose four weeks after the first dose.
For the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine given by injection, the 2nd dose may be given as early as 21 days after the first dose. For the nasal spray vaccine, it is best to wait at least 28 days between doses.
People ages 10 and older need one dose of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine.
What are the kinds of flu vaccine?
Both the nasal spray flu vaccine and the flu shot are safe and effective. Parents can choose whichever form is available in their area, depending on the health and age of their child:
It’s also important to get seasonal flu vaccine, which is a separate vaccine from the H1N1 flu vaccine. The AAP recommends all children ages 6 months through 18 years receive seasonal flu vaccine every year.
Tips on how to prevent the spread of germs
The flu (influenza) is spread by coughing, sneezing and unclean hands. The CDC encourages everyone to prevent the spread of germs by doing the following:
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