Flu Vaccination Protects Children

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March 24, 2023

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2022 - 2023 Flu Season 

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Weekly U.S. Flu Activity Report

Flu activity is low across the country, but annual flu vaccination is recommended for as long as flu activity is ongoing. CDC also is reporting two more flu-related deaths in children this week, for a total of 134 this season.

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report map showing intensity of flu infections
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Flu Vaccination Protects Children 

A new CDC study looked at how well flu vaccines worked in kids over 9 flu seasons (2011-2020). Children who were vaccinated against flu were nearly 50% less likely to have a flu illness resulting in needing medical care than children who were not vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child from flu and its potentially serious complications.
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Composition of 2023-2024 U.S. Flu Vaccines  
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee met on March 7, 2023, to review information about circulating flu viruses and available vaccine viruses to pick which vaccine viruses to include in next season’s U.S. flu vaccines. Vaccines for 2023-2024 will include one updated vaccine virus compared with the composition of this season’s U.S. flu vaccines.

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#FluFact: Did you know #flu viruses are constantly changing? In fact, flu viruses are among the fastest changing viruses known. That’s why it’s important to get a #FluVax annually. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3IMphKM


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