Pediatricians suggest getting flu shot by Halloween
19 October, 2018, 00:53
After the worst flu season in decades a year ago, Dr. John Cunningham of Comer Children's Hospital went so far to call it a "significant and national emergency". My number one recommendation is that getting the flu shot is the most important thing to prevent unnecessary illness. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year.
When it comes to the conventional flu shot, the CDC makes no "preferential recommendation" between the vaccine that protects against three flu strains and the vaccine that protects against four flu strains.
Regional health authorities will begin to host public flu shot clinics starting October 22, including at community health offices. The newborn to 4 years old age group had 29 reported cases for the first week of the flu season. "This includes the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions", explained Dr al-Khal.
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The flu study, which analyzed data from over 2 million pregnant women, also found that "more than 80 percent of pregnancies overlapped with flu season, underscoring the likelihood that pregnant women will be exposed to flu at some point during their pregnancy".
People getting shots should bring along their MCP cards and wear short-sleeved shirts. If your child is under the age of eight and it is the first time they've received the flu shot, they will need two shots, spaced a month apart, to build up their resistance.
According to the CDC, there isn't a shortage of flu vaccines. "I know moms who believe a lot of the misinformation that's out there, but I think that our pediatrician is the best person to get our information from". People can still get free flu shots if they do not have health insurance.
"The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with influenza", said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips, RN, MHA.
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