The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced that the moment the updated seasonal flu shot is made available, children aged over six months old should get their vaccinations. The AAP is now recommending that children should get protection from the flu either with the trivalent vaccine that contains three of the virus strains, or the new quadrivalent vaccine which offers protection from four flu strains.

The AAP is not recommending one vaccine over another. Additionally, neither one should be delayed due to parents prioritizing one specific vaccine. Experts say that being vaccinated against the flu is especially crucial for those children who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, such as those of Alaskan Native or American Indian heritage, or those who have chronic health issues. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and health care workers should also get vaccinated as early as possible.