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Preventing the Flu

With all the germs going around in our area right now, the good news is that parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of these germs–even the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are…

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How the Flu Vaccine Works & Why Your Family Needs It

Flu season is around the corner – but at Kids First Pediatric Partners, we have already been working for over six weeks to protect our patients from this potentially dangerous infection. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommend the annual influenza vaccination for all children ages 6…

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Flu Vaccine Uptake Leads to Fewer Hospitalizations

Between 2004 and 2008, annual influenza vaccine recommendations were gradually expanded to include all children aged 6 months or older. In the Pediatrics study, “Influenza-Related Hospitalizations and ED Visits in Children Less Than 5 Years: 2000-2011​,” from the January 2015 issue, researchers studied vaccine uptake and influenza-related hospital visits among children age 6 months to…

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