Every year the CDC produces a flu vaccine with 3 to 4 strains that research shows will be the most dominant strains of the coming season and therefore prevent the most influenza.
Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable and benefit the most from the flu vaccine, however, we strongly recommend the parents to get the Flu vaccine also.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
Flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness, they are “inactivated” (killed).
The Flu vaccine can reduce Flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed school, as well as prevent Flu-related hospitalizations, and can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from Flu.
Influenza killed about 80,000 people in the 2017-2018 season.
One reason some people still become ill during the Flu season are other respiratory viruses like rhinoviruses (the common cold) or they are exposed before they get vaccinated.
Prevent getting the Flu
1) Have all the family members get immunizations yearly
2) Avoid contact with sick people.
3) You and your child should cover your mouth and nose with coughing or sneezing.
4) Wash your own and your child’s hands often.
5) Clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects your child might touch.
What to do if your child has the Flu or other Upper Respiratory Infection.
1). Have the child stay out of school or daycare for at least 24 hours.
2) Monitor their breathing and temperature regularly. Keep the nose and mouth clear of mucus, keep head elevated while the child sleeps, and give approved fever-reducing medicine if fever is over 100.4F.
3) Increase the child’s liquid consumption- water, soup, electrolyte solution.
4) Bring your child to the pediatrician if they are sick for more than 3 days, sooner if the child is lethargic and is taking less than normal amount of food.
5) If they are having severe breathing problems, take your child to the ER right away.