When to take your child to a doctor?
Parents can expect to wait longer for a child to go to the doctor, but the average length of stay at a pediatric doctor is longer, according to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“In the past, we’ve all heard the ‘wait and see’ approach when it comes to the pediatric community, but we’re now seeing that this is actually a very valid approach,” Dr. Michael Pfleger, a pediatric neurologist at Vanderbilt University, told The Associated Press.
Pflegman and his colleagues looked at nearly 2,000 children from different pediatric centers, and found that while some of them received the flu shot and others received shots only in the form of a nasal spray, most children received shots in a combination of nasal spray and an inhaler.
The majority of children with the flu received the combination of the two.
The study is part of a larger study to determine how well children with flu are receiving vaccinations.
Pfeifer said the study found the flu vaccine has been proven to be effective in preventing flu among children in the United States, but it’s unclear how well it works among adults.
“There’s some evidence that it’s going to be a big benefit for children, but that doesn’t mean it’s a big risk,” Pflegger said.
“The vaccine has a long-term benefit in children and adults.
We’re still at the beginning of a long and costly phase II study.”
Pfleman noted that it may take a longer time for the flu to kick in among adults and that the study only looked at children, which could make it hard to compare the effectiveness of the vaccine to a vaccine in adults.
The CDC has been working with several health care providers and community health centers to expand the flu vaccination campaign to include adults.
The goal is to get people to the door for the first time at the end of October and start vaccinating the majority of the population in mid-December.
That will likely take at least a year.