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Flu Vaccines: Which One Should My Child Get This Season

Flu Vaccines: Which One Should My Child Get This Season

Rainy, cold weather is upon us and flu season is here. Runny noses, fevers, coughs, and body aches are a common occurrence.

 

“As a parent, the best thing you can do to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated. Everyone around them should be vaccinated, too.” – Dr. Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP, University of Colorado and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

 

So which flu vaccine should your children actually get?  The American Academy of Pediatrics lays out a few appropriate ones.  And the best thing you can do is to check with your child’s pediatrician before going about it.

 

Before we begin, here are the basics…

Influenza, also known as flu can be a very serious illness if left untreated at the right time.

 

 

The two types of vaccines…

The first vaccine is commonly known as the “flu shot.” The second comes about as a nasal spray.

 

So, which type is better for your child?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the flu shot as the best choice for children for this 2018-2019 flu season.  The reason for the flu shot versus the nasal spray is because of its effectiveness.  Every year, the Center for Disease Control keeps track of the flu strains and how it is evolving.  Believe it or not, the nasal spray was not effective in the past few years. And so, the flu shot is recommended.

 

How old should children be for the flu shot…

The AAP recommendation this year is that all eligible children 6 months and older should get the flu shot.  You should, however, consult with your pediatrician on the best course of action for your child.

 

 

Is there anything I can do at home to prevent the flu?

  • Get your little ones to wash their hands after using the bathroom
  • Make sure they get plenty of Vitamin C in the form of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Get them to sleep the require 9 – 12 hours of a day to give their body and brain rest
  • Keep the stress levels down at home to ensure a calm atmosphere
  • If your child is sick, have them stay home
  • Give your child plenty of fluids like water, fresh juice, and soup

 

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