What’s the Latest with the Flu?: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Flu activity (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Among children, vaccination remains especially important for those younger than 5 years of age and those of any age with an underlying chronic medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, or neurologic disorders (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. At this point in the season, people may have to check with more than one vaccine provider in order to locate vaccine, but supplies of vaccine should still be available. The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge everyone who still has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated now.
Also, antiviral treatment should be started as soon as possible because benefit is greatest when treatment is initiated within 48 hours of symptom onset. The sooner antiviral therapy can be started, the better the outcome.
For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page (http://aapredbook.