Flu and Children with Neurologic/Neuromuscular Conditions
Children who have neurologic conditions are more likely to become very sick if they get the flu. Annual flu vaccination can help prevent complications, hospitalization, and even death.
Risks of Flu Illness for Children with Neurologic/Neuromuscular Conditions
Some children with neurologic conditions may struggle with muscle function, lung function, or difficulty coughing, swallowing, or clearing fluids from their airways. Having flu lu can make these issues more difficult.
- Disorders of the brain and spinal cord
- Cerebral palsy
- Epilepsy (seizure disorders)
- Intellectual disability
- Moderate to severe developmental delay
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord injury
Benefits of Flu Vaccination for Children with Neurologic/Neuromuscular Conditions
Although flu vaccines may not prevent all flu illnesses, vaccination can reduce the chances of serious outcomes like hospitalization and death.
Flu Vaccines for Children with Neurologic/Neuromuscular Conditions
- Children with neurologic/neuromuscular disorders should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine
- All children six months and older can receive the annual flu shot
- For children under 9 receiving their first-ever flu vaccine, they need two doses one month apart