According to the CDC, before the preventative vaccine for this disease was introduced, children under the age of 5 registered the following infections per year:
· More than 700 cases of meningitis
· 13,000 blood infections
· About 5 million ear infections
These infections caused about 200 deaths per year before the vaccine.
The CDC recommends infants receive three doses of PCV at 4 months, 6 months, and between 12 and 15 months.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory system.
People are generally the most contagious with the flu 24 hours before they start having symptoms, which is why it can hard to stop the spread of the flu, especially among children.
The CDC recommends infants receive the influenza vaccination at 6 months and each year after.
If you have any concerns about your child’s health or his or her vaccine recommendations, please seek the advice of a medical professional.