The Importance of Flu Vaccines as the COVID Pandemic Continues

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remember that influenza is also a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause severe illness and even death in children," said Flor Munoz, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and technical report, developed by the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. "The flu vaccine is safe, effective, and can be given alongside other routine immunizations and the COVID-19 vaccine."

AAP recommends that all children aged 12 years and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine now approved for children 12 years to 17 years old and adults. AAP recommends all children age 6 months and older be vaccinated annually with influenza vaccine​

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