Influenza is a significant public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2017-2018 flu season, which took off in November, was categorized as high severity. There was a record rate of hospitalizations, and the flu was the deadliest in four decades, also claiming more pediatric lives — 183 — than ever before. Alarmingly, 80 percent of the children who died did not receive a flu vaccination, which is the best way to prevent the flu and is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.
Since 1984, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has