End of Summer, Beginning of Flu Season

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Summer is unofficially over and that means the beginning of flu season.

Pediatricians recommend the flu vaccine for children over six months old, but many doctors will not offer the nasal spray vaccine this year. That’s because studies showed it does not protect against many strains of the flu virus. Flu vaccines are different from most other vaccines. Their effectiveness varies from year to year and they must be made fresh each flu season to match circulating strains of influenza, which also change.

“Nasal spray flu vaccine accounts for about one-third of all flu vaccines given to children,” CDC said in a statement.
    
Experts do say it’s not too early to get your child vaccinated. Doctors are encouraged to begin offering the shot no later than October.

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