AAP issues influenza vaccine recommendations for 2018-2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children aged 6 months and older receive an influenza vaccination this season with the goal to provide the optimal protection against all strains of influenza.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children aged 6 months and older receive an influenza vaccination this season with the goal to provide the optimal protection against all strains of influenza. The annual influenza vaccine significantly reduces a child's risk of severe influenza and death, according to the AAP policy statement. The 2017-2018 influenza season became one of the most severe seasons on record, excluding pandemics, according to CDC. As of August 18, a total of 179 children died of influenza-associated deaths, and thousands more were hospitalized. About 80% of the children who died had not received an influenza vaccination, CDC data show.