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There Are Differences In Pediatric And Adult Influenza Vaccines
Influenza or flu is a contagious viral respiratory infection that usually occurs during the winter months in the northern hemisphere and all year round in the southern hemisphere. All age groups are affected by flu; however, children have the highest rate of infection. Serious illness and death due to flu usually occurs in extremes of age, those over 65 years or under 2 years.
The best way to protect against flu is through flu vaccines. The flu vaccine is composed of two flu A sub types and one flu B sub type. The viral sub types contained in the flu vaccines usually changes each year. The flu viruses for both vaccine preparations are grown in eggs. Therefore, the vaccines are contraindicated in individuals with severe allergy to eggs.
Babies and children aged six months through 8 years who need to be given 2 doses of pediatric flu vaccine, administered at least one month apart, if its their first dose. The children in this category are advised to get their first flu shot at the earliest, to allow sufficient gap between the first and second prescribed dose.
A type of pediatric flu vaccine that is sprayed in the nose of infants is supposed to be more protective against the disease, and is also considered safer by health professionals worldwide.
The trivalent inactivated adult flu vaccine can be administered to all adult age groups and risk populations. It is recommended that the vaccine be administered yearly to children older than 6 months of age at risk for complications from flu. Vaccine is administered intramuscularly into the deltoid muscle of adults. Adults older than 9 years of age are administered once yearly a single dose of the adult flu vaccine to protect against the strains of influenza.
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