Believe it or not, flu season is just around the corner. It’s time to get prepared.

The Academy’s updated recommendations for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children will be available Sept. 5 at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2011-2295. The policy statement also will be published in the October issue of Pediatrics.

Following are the key messages from the policy statement:

The trivalent vaccine for the 2011-’12 influenza season contains the following three virus strains:

This is only the fourth time in the past 25 years that there has been no recommendation to change any of the influenza vaccine strains.

Antibody titers wane to half their original levels six to 12 months after vaccination. Therefore, even if vaccine was received in past seasons, receiving the vaccine this season is critical for protection.

Special outreach efforts should be made to vaccinate everyone with influenza vaccine during the 2011-’12 influenza season:

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