The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine protects against 3 strains, including 2 that are different from last year's vaccine. Because of the new strains and the fact that immunity drops up to 50% 6-12 months after vaccination, influenza vaccine is recommended for all those over 6 months of age.
Supply is adequate for the 2012-2013 season. All pediatric vaccine manufacturers have reported shipping vaccines.
For more on supply, visit the Influenza Summit Web site. (Exit Site)
Recommendations and Implementation
For Healthcare Workers and Employees
The following resources are available for parents (Exit Site) :
- AAP: HealthyChildren.org
- CDC: The Flu: A guide for parents of children or adolescents with chronic conditions: English.
CDC Influenza Web site (Exit Site)
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (Exit Site)
PKIDS- Flu's Gonna Lose Campaign (Exit Site)
Families Fighting Flu
Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (FFF) is a non-profit, volunteer-based corporation dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against the flu every year. Through education and advocacy, FFF hopes to improve the rates of annual pediatric influenza vaccinations and help reduce the number of pediatric illnesses and deaths caused by the flu each year.
For issues related to coding or health plan coverage issue, contact the AAP Coding Hotline or see the Implementation Guidance.
Last Updated: 2/23/13