The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that influenza activity in the state for the week ending Oct. 5 was sporadic, making this a good window of time to remind patients and their caregivers to get the influenza vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to recommend routine influenza immunization of all children without medical contraindications, starting at 6 months of age. AAP also encourages everyone get the vaccine before the flu begins circulating in a community.
In Minnesota, 2 pediatric influenza-related deaths and 381 outbreaks in schools were recorded in the 2018-2019 season, underscoring the importance of the vaccine.
You can direct parents to HealthyChildren.org for more information about influenza prevention and treatment.
Physicians and other health care providers can the latest information on flu and basics of administering flu vaccine in the 2019-20 Minnesota Fall Flu Guide on Influenza Vaccine Information for Health Professionals.