1. The flu virus is a common and unpredictable illness, and it can cause serious complications and death, even in healthy children. The best way to protect your child is by getting the flu vaccine each year. According to recent studies, At least 101 children died from the flu in the 2016-2017 seasons.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older, including children and adolescents. Especially out of home caregivers and caregivers of children with high risk conditions including all children under the age of 5.
2. Even though it may seem late, now is the time to get your child vaccinated. Flu vaccine shipments have already arrived. Call your local Pediatrician to schedule your appointment.
3. People DO NOT get the flu from the flu vaccine. The Flu vaccines are made from killed viruses. Mild symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and chills, can occur. The side effects of the flu vaccine are usually mild and resolve quickly. The most common side effects are pain and tenderness at the site of injection as with any other vaccine. Fever can also be seen within 24 hours after immunization.
4. This year’s flu vaccine is only available by injection. The nasal form of the vaccine was not found to be as effective.
5. Can I still get the Flu if I have been vaccinated? Yes. Previous studies have shown that the flu vaccines are about 60% effective. The good news is that vaccinated people who do get the flu usually get a milder form of the virus. People who are not vaccinated will be more likely to be in bed longer with fever feeling miserable and could develop a secondary infection like pneumonia.
6. The flu vaccine can be given at the same time your child receives his/her other vaccines. It is also important to note that children 6 months through 8 years of age may require 2 doses of the vaccine spaced one month apart to be fully protected. These children should receive their first dose as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
Please contact the office to schedule your child’s Flu Vaccine today:
Central Office: 1100 West 39 ½ Street, Austin, TX 78756
North Office: 4100 Duval Rd., Bldg 4, Ste. 100, Austin, TX 78759
- Flu.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers