New Nasal Flu Drug Approved
There’s a new way to fight the flu this season. It’s a vaccine, but it’s not in needle form. The new drug, called FluMist, is a nasal mist that you squirt up your nose. It’s approved for healthy people ages 5 to 59. For people older than 59, FluMist was not as effective in preventing the flu as the needle vaccine. For children under 5, asthma attacks were more likely after getting a dose of FluMist.
If you’re interested in this new approach to keeping the flu away, talk to your doctor to find out whether you’re a good candidate.
Source: Food and Drug Administration.
Vaccines for School
Making sure your child has had all necessary vaccinations is as much a part of your back-to-school preparations as buying school supplies and new school clothes. Here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has to say about making sure kids are up-to-date on their vaccines before starting school:
Before entering school, children aged 4 to 6 should receive booster doses of
- Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
At age 11 or 12, the AAP recommends a booster for diphtheria and tetanus (Td), and every 10 years after that.
For a full immunization schedule for your child, click here
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Allergies, Kids, OTCl
Late summer/early fall can be a hard time for kids who have allergies, especially when the kids are trying to focus during school. The last thing you want is for your child to feel sneezy and wheezy at the start of the school year.
Don’t forget—Claritin isn’t just for adults. Kids can take it safely. And you can get it from your drugstore without a prescription. Be sure to read the labels so you get the type that will best treat your child’s symptoms. Or ask the pharmacist if you’re not sure.
Source: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
Liquid Charcoal for Peanut Allergies
If you have a child who has a peanut allergy, it’s a good idea to keep liquid charcoal in your home, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Liquid charcoal is available in most pharmacies. It can block absorption of peanut in the stomach and decrease the severity of the allergic reaction.
And remember this: do your best not to expose your child to peanuts until about age 3. This is one of the best ways to decrease the chance that your child will develop a peanut allergy.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, July 2003.