Patho Patho #77
The nurse is educating the parents of a 7-month old infant. When questioned about the flu vaccine for their baby, what is the nurse’s best response?
- “Your baby is old enough to receive the flu vaccine for this year’s flu season.”
This answer is correct because the CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and up should receive their annual flu vaccine.
- “If you are still breastfeeding, there is no need for the flu vaccine this year.”
This answer choice is not correct as the CDC recommends that everyone at least 6 months of age get vaccinated for the flu every year.
- “Your infant must be at least 12 months of age in order to receive the flu vaccine.”
This answer choice is not correct because the CDC recommends that beginning at age 6 months, everyone receives a yearly flu vaccine.
- “Since your baby is not old enough for the vaccine, keep your baby indoors until April.”
This answer choice is not correct because the CDC recommends the yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older.
The focus of this question is client education regarding the influenza vaccine for a 7-month-old infant. The center for disease control recommends yearly flu vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and up. The correct response is for the nurse to inform the parent that the child is old enough and should receive the flu vaccine to prepare for flu season which typically lasts between the months of October-March.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. This is the most effective way to prevent seasonal flu. Additional client teaching should include proper and thorough handwashing to help prevent the spread of influenza.
Test Taking Tip
Use the process of elimination if you are unsure of the answer. The only answer choice that involves actually administering the vaccine to this infant is answer choice #1; the other choices sound so much alike they can easily be eliminated as possibly correct.