The US centers for control and prevention (CDC) encourages all Americans to begin vaccinating against influenza, as California was already registered the first death this season from influenza. Writes about this Time.
The public health authorities in riverside County (CA), announced that the recently deceased 4-year-old from Perris, who had serious health problems, was sick with the flu.
This case is the first in the County child death from flu this season. The spread of influenza typically increases in October or November and can last until may.
While thinking about the flu may seem too early, the US Centers for control and prevention (CDC) in its latest recommendations on influenza vaccination stated that “vaccination should be carried out before the start of influenza activity” to provide the best protection against the virus. This means that people it is advisable to be vaccinated by the end of October.
But parents may need to think about vaccination of their children even earlier. The CDC recommends that children aged six months to eight years who require two doses of influenza vaccine should receive their first vaccination “as soon as possible after the vaccine appears in the access” since before the second vaccination must be at least 4 weeks.
Also it is particularly important that small children were vaccinated as they are especially vulnerable to serious complications of influenza and are more sensitive to the vaccine than adults. Last year 130 children in the U.S. died from the flu, and a recent study by the CDC showed that the number of children hospitalized with flu symptoms, at least two times higher than expected.
Flu vaccines do not guarantee that the person will not get sick. For example, last year, the efficiency was only 37% against strains of influenza for adults and 61% for children, according to CDC estimates.
However, the CDC recommends that the entire population over the age of six months get a flu shot every year, unless they have diseases that make vaccination unsafe. Vaccination reduces the risk that people get sick, and less likely to transmit the virus to others, especially children and people with weakened immune systems.