Children and the elderly don’t have the strong immune system most others have. When an illness sweeps across the country, they are often the most affected. This is why it’s incredibly important to make sure your child has his or her flu vaccination as early as possible. Last year, 85 percent of the children who died from the flu were unvaccinated and one unvaccinated child has already died this year. These are heartbreaking statistics, but hopefully we can reduce this through education and awareness.
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.
Cold and flu season is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to arm yourself and your children against influenza. While it’s important to take general health precautions like washing your hands, not touching your face, and steering clear of sick people, often these measures are not enough. A flu vaccine adds an important layer of protection against this miserable and sometimes dangerous illness.