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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will advise families to vaccinate their children against influenza this season with either the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine for the best protection against the virus.

Starting October 2019, the AAP will begin using #FluBeforeBoo - encouraging everyone to get their flu shot before Halloween. The spirited push is the brainchild of Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a University of Rochester Medical Center physician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In the U.S., cases of the flu usually spike in January and February. However, there have already been a handful of reported cases. For best protection for the entire flu season, getting the vaccine before November is ideal. Join in on the fun and share your #FluBeforeBoo on social media and tag us @EMSCImprovement.

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations for everyone 6-months and older. People develop antibodies against the flu (making it effective) about two weeks after vaccination, so they should receive a flu shot in early fall before flu season starts, according to the CDC

Halloween Health and Safety Tips


Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out tips from the National Safety Council, the AAP and the CDC (on the next page) and to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

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