Flu Season is Here
Flu season is here. The flu is the common name for the Influenza virus. It is most likely to cause illness during the cooler months, from October to May. Influenza causes infection in the nose, throat and lungs. It can also cause achiness, fever, nausea and just feeling terrible. For some high risk individuals, the virus can be life-threatening.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for every child over the age of six months. If your child is younger than six months, he or she is ineligible for the vaccine. But, if you want to protect your child, we recommend that parents, caregivers and older household children get the vaccine to help prevent exposure. Babies can be more at risk for complications from the flu.
When should My Child Get the Flu Vaccine?
Vaccines are available and recommended before the end of October in the United States. This gives the body time to build antibodies as the flu season picks up speed. Both children and adults need to get flu shots each year to maintain protection.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects of flu shots can include soreness and swelling at the injection site. Occasionally, people can get a low fever and body aches from the vaccine. Teens are also at a higher risk of fainting after the shot. We recommend that you call us if you notice any side effects. Often, a warm cloth at the injection site or some acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
- Most children will only need one dose of the flu shot each year. Some children may need two doses one month apart.
- The flu vaccine is not 100% effective. Because there are different variants of Influenza floating around each winter, it is impossible to gain be completely protected. Generally, the vaccine will help make symptoms less severe.
- Getting the vaccine can help protect other vulnerable populations such as the elderly and immunocompromised.
- Inform your doctor if your child has any severe allergies.
Contact Sun Pediatrics Today
Contact our office today to find out how you can get your child vaccinated against the flu.