Flu is back – vaccinate now!Texas Children's Health Plan
Flu season is back and the flu vaccine continues to be the best way to protect ourselves and our patients against serious complications from the flu. The more people who get vaccinated, the more we can prevent influenza from impacting those who are most vulnerable to complications. In 2017, a study in Pediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
What’s new for flu in 2017-2018?
- Recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.
- Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the influenza A(H1N1) component was updated).
- Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.
- Two new quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccines have been licensed: one inactivated influenza vaccine (“Afluria Quadrivalent” IIV) and one recombinant influenza vaccine (“Flublok Qudrivalent” RIV).
- Age recommendation for “Flulaval Quadrivalent” has been changed from 3 years old and older to 6 months and older to be consistent with FDA-approved labeling.
- Trivalent formulation of Afluria is recommended for people 5 years and older (formerly 9 years and older) in order to match the Food and Drug Administration package insert.
- Flannery B, Reynolds SB, Blanton L, Santibanez TA, O’Halloran A, Lu PJ, Chen J, Foppa IM, Gargiullo P, Bresee J, Singleton JA, Fry AM. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Against Pediatric Deaths: 2010-2014. Pediatrics. 2017 May;139(5).
- CDC 2017-2018 Influenza information https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm