Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Are The Risks For Children Who Get The Flu Shot?

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 04:10 PM


Question: Are flu shots recommended for young children and older adults? What are the risks? Are there any articles I can refer to?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Influenza vaccination is your most effective tool to reduce your risk of complications from the flu virus. It is now recommended for children over 6 months of age and all adults with rare exceptions. Concerns about side effects should be disregarded as long as the manufacturer’s recommendations are followed. The risk / benefit ratio for widespread influenza immunization has been shown to be effective whether or not underlying medical conditions are present.

For specific precautions, an excellent review is provided by our National Institute for Health at www.nlm.nih.gov/medline plus/flu.html. This site includes excellent links for further information, especially the Centers for Disease Control link at www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.html. These websites will answer most all of your questions in an easy to understand fashion. This vaccination is only effective for approximately 4-6 months and annual vaccinations are advisable to maintain protection.

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