If there are two things I know, it’s that most kids aren’t overly fond of shots and vaccinating your kids for flu season is incredibly important. This can be a tough balancing act when it comes time to take your needle-shy kiddo to the doctor to protect him or her from the flu each year. It is especially tough during flu seasons like 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, when it was determined that the FluMist nasal spray shouldn’t be used because it was ineffective. This year, though, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 to return the nasal spray to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots.
A lot of parents are reticent to get their children a flu shot this late in the season because of the belief that we’re almost at the tail end of it and cases of the flu are tapering off. While this might be true for past years, when the season hit its peak by February and tapered off, this is not true for the season we’re currently in. The 2017-2018 flu season continues to rage on, showing no signs yet of slowing down. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are some signs the flu will continue to get worse.
There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines, and parents often have questions about their childrens’ immunizations – including the flu vaccine. As many of you may know, this year’s flu season has already started and will begin ramping up. Let's meet some of your questions head-on. Here are eight things parents need to know about the 2017 flu vaccine.
Flu season is almost here and everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated. You might have heard by now that Kelsey-Seybold has no FluMist nasal spray vaccine this year. It was found to be ineffective last year and is not recommended for the 2016-2017 flu season. However, it’s still important for children to be vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know and how you can prepare your child for the traditional shot.
Periodically, media stories suggest that vaccines could cause long-term harm to children, but there is no scientific evidence to support that idea. Vaccines are an important part of keeping your child healthy. They are integral to protecting your child from illness, helping to prevent him or her from missing school.
What we don’t want is a resurgence of any disease, let alone diseases that are preventable. Some of these could require hospitalization, which no parent wants to put their child through – especially when we have the medical resources to help keep them from contracting these diseases in the first place.