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Patient Education

Care for the flu – Guidelines

key information

source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


Each year, everyone, six months of age and older, needs to be vaccinated against influenza (flu) by the end of October if possible. Protecting people living with Duchenne is especially important. A 2005 study done by the CDC found that children with neuromuscular disease are at a six-time greater risk of flu-related respiratory failure. So please vaccinate yourself, your child, and all members of your family. 

There are different types of vaccines for influenza.  Vaccinations, including influenza vaccines, are discussed in detail on this page. People living with Duchenne should only receive the influenza vaccine, rather than the live virus nasal spray.

The CDC recognizes that people living with neuromuscular disease are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from influenza. For that reason, prophylaxis (antiviral medication) may be suggested for people with Duchenne who are living with household members who have been diagnosed with influenza.


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