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What’s new for the 2016-2017 Flu season : recommendations for children

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    Thursday, October 27, 2016 Influenza (flu) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Clinicians have a critical role in taking action to immunize children, children’s family members and caregivers, and themselves. Use of antiviral drugs early in children can lessen the impact of influenza infection, but immunization remains the most effective means of preventing the flu and complications from the flu. For the 2016-2017 flu season, several new recommendations have been identified that particularly impact flu vaccination for children. During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight this critical information and discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children. At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following: • Describe strategies to prepare for the 2016-2017 influenza season. • Identify key recommendations in the AAP influenza policy statement. • Discuss vaccine effectiveness. • Clarify recommendations related to live attenuated influenza vaccine. • Explain the importance of antiviral medications in the control of influenza. • Discuss flu vaccine and egg allergic children. slides_102716_whats_new_for_the_flu_season.pdf
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