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CDC: Young kids at high risk of 'serious' flu-related complications

In some children, two doses of a vaccine should be used to protect against the flu.

Children under the age of 5 years old, especially those younger than 2 years old, are at a high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children in this age group could experience complications such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Dehydration
  • Worsening of long-term medical problems like heart disease or asthma
  • Brain dysfunction such as encephalopathy
  • Sinus problems and ear infections
  • In rare cases, flu complications can lead to death

The CDC said the best way to protect them from complications is vaccinations, and, in some children, two doses of a vaccine should be used to protect against the flu, according to the CDC.

Children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old getting vaccinated for the first time, and children who have only previously gotten one dose of vaccine, should get two doses this season, according to the CDC. Vaccinations should be spaced at least four weeks apart.

Click here for more information from the CDC on how to protect your child from the flu this season.

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