Your Health: September 2, 2013 Pediatricians say kids need flu shots early

Children's health experts recommend children get their updated flu shot as soon as one of the two is available.{}{}{}{} The{} American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends that children be protected against the flu with either the trivalent vaccine, which contains three strains of the virus, or with a new quadrivalent vaccine that offers protection against four strains of flu.{}{}{}{}{} The quadrivalent vaccines for this year's flu season contain the same three strains as the trivalent vaccine, but it may also offer protection from an additional B strain. {}{}{}{} According to an updated policy statement from the AAP, as soon as the updated seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, parents should bring children aged 6 months and older to get vaccinated.