While it may seem more like beach weather than flu season, it is time to start preparing for the 2012-’13 influenza season. The Academy’s updated recommendations for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children have been released online (www.aap.org/en-us/my-aap/advocacy/Pages/2012-2013-AAP-Influenza-Recommendations.aspx) and also will be published in the October issue of Pediatrics.

Although last season was mild compared with recent years — with a lower percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness, lower rates of hospitalizations, and fewer deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza — providers still must remain vigilant. The influenza virus is unpredictable.

Annual universal influenza immunization is indicated for all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older.

Protective immune responses persist throughout the influenza season, which can have more than one disease peak and often extends into late spring. Therefore, vaccine should continue to be offered until its expiration date. This approach provides...

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