2021–2022 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Practitioners

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Influenza remains a serious threat to children due to its potential to cause severe morbidity and mortality. The 2020–2021 influenza season was mild, but it’s not possible to predict how severe the upcoming season may be. Historically, low influenza virus circulation since March 2020, could result in a severe season for young children who may have lower immunity to influenza because they may not have been previously vaccinated or had natural exposure to influenza viruses.

Immunization remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness, its complications, and death. Influenza immunization in the pediatric population is particularly important during the severe COVID-19 pandemic. Clinicians play a critical role in vaccinating children, their family members and caregivers, and themselves. Additionally, the early use of influenza antiviral medications in children can reduce the duration of symptoms and prevent severe complications of influenza.

During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve, prevent, and control influenza among children this season.      


David Shay, MD
Medical Officer
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flor Munoz, MD, MSc, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

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Thursday, October 7, 2021,
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