When flu season arrives, keep your child healthy. Get a flu immunization before the flu gets you! Contact the office at (513) 248-1210 to schedule your child’s flu immunization appointment. NOTE: As of 09/07/2018, FluMist and VFC flu vaccines are not available.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single-best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.
Why SHOULD my child get a flu vaccination?
There are two common reasons for getting a yearly flu immunization:
1) Flu viruses are constantly changing, and vaccines are updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and commonly circulating viruses.
2) Your immune system’s protection from a vaccination declines over time, and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.
Who SHOULD get a flu vaccine?
Annual seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, as vaccination remains the best available preventive measure. Achieving high coverage rates of influenza vaccine in infants and children is a priority to protect them against influenza disease and its complications. While everyone should get a flu immunization each flu season, it’s especially important that certain groups get vaccinated. These groups are either at high risk of having serious flu-related complications, or they live with or care for people at high risk of developing flu-related complications:
• Children younger than 5 years of age – especially children younger than 2 years of age.
• Pregnant women.
• People 50 years of age and older.
• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
• People who live with or care for those at high risk of complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk of complications from the flu, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).
Who should NOT get a flu vaccination?
• Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children younger than 6 months of age, so they should not be vaccinated. Instead, their caregivers should be vaccinated.
• People who are sick with fever should wait until their symptoms pass to get vaccinated.
What kinds of flu vaccines are available?
There are new recommendations for the upcoming 2018-’19 influenza season. Unlike the last two seasons, the Academy recommends the limited use of intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4). This recommendation represents a change from the 2016-’17 and 2017-’18 influenza seasons when intranasal LAIV4 was not recommended in any setting in light of the evidence for its poor effectiveness in prior seasons against influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses.The AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reviewed and carefully considered all influenza vaccine efficacy data available to date, as well as new information regarding an updated LAIV4 formulation, for each to provide their latest recommendations. Additional information about these recommendations: http://www.aappublications.org/news/2018/06/07/influenza060718
What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccination?
• Protection for child and yourself.
• Protection for newborns and infants who are too young to get vaccinated.
• Protection for people at high risk of complications from flu.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-related deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 3,000 people to a high of about 49,000 people. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu, including an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years of age.
What are the side effects of the flu vaccine?
Flu shots are safe and cannot give you the flu, because they are made from killed or very weakened virus. The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot is given.
It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. A flu vaccination reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones. Protect your family from the flu – get vaccinated.
Talk to your health care provider for more information about the flu and flu vaccination.