Immunization Best Way To Protect Infants From Pneumonia
According to new guidelines developed jointly by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the...
According to new guidelines developed jointly by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the best way to prevent infants and young children from developing community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is to get them vaccinated. These are the first-ever clinical guidelines on the topic and note that tots who are 6 months and older should have annual vaccinations against the influenza virus. The new guidelines note that "Pneumonia is the single greatest cause of death in children worldwide, and that "Each year, >2 million children younger than 5 years die of pneumonia." The recommendations go on to say that the best prevention practices are as follows:
- Children should be immunized with vaccines for bacterial pathogens, including S. pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and pertussis to prevent CAP.
- All infants ≥6 months of age and all children and adolescents should be immunized annually with vaccines for influenza virus to prevent CAP.
- Parents and caretakers of infants <6 months of age, including pregnant adolescents, should be immunized with vaccines for influenza virus and pertussis to protect the infants from exposure.