KUSA - Flu season doesn't usually start until November. But, doctors said it's important to vaccinate kids now.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said protecting kids against the flu will help curb the spread of flu among everyone. Kids are the biggest influenza distributors.
The annual flu vaccine usually protects against three strains of flu virus. But this year, some of the shots protect against four strains. It will protect against two A-strains and two B-strains. All four are likely to circulate this fall.
If a child fears needles there is an alternative. There is a nasal spray that fights against all four strains.
Kids aren't the only ones who need vaccinated now. Pregnant women should too. The shot will give protective antibodies to the babies when they are born.
Pregnant women should only get the shot, not the nasal spray. The spray contains a live virus.
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