The Centers for Disease Control as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot. The most vulnerable are seniors over age 65, children under 2 years old and anyone with chronic diseases that make you more susceptible to flu complications, such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.
Timing Of The Flu Season
Though we are seeing some flu illness currently, the flu season typically starts in October, peaks in December through February and can last through May. Getting the flu shot for yourself and your family is best if completed by the end of October. It takes two weeks for the immunity to take effect, so don’t wait until the flu is rampant in your area. Keep in mind, you can still get a shot late in the season.
Flu Is A Serious Disease
Every year there are millions of cases, several hundred thousand hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths. In a normal flu season 40,000 deaths can occur. Many of those deaths are children.
Both Flu And COVID Will Still Be Around
Some people could have the flu and COVID at the same time this season, overwhelming our healthcare system. Get protected from both — it is safe and effective to get both vaccines at the same time.
If you have a well care visit coming up, ask for both vaccines to be administered. Of course you can visit almost any pharmacy or other clinic to receive the shot.
Double Dose For First Time Flu Shots
If your child is under 9 years old and receiving their first flu vaccine, they will need to get two shots at least 4 weeks apart to boost their immunity. Talk to your doctor about the specifics.
In addition to flu, there are many other contagious diseases that commonly affect children and adolescents, including COVID, strep and many viruses that cause common cold symptoms.
Schedule a Flu Shot Today!
Call our office at 410-526-7993 to schedule your child’s flu shot with Main Street Peds