It’s that time of year again! FLU SEASON will be upon us soon.
The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after the vaccine is available. We will begin vaccinating our patients in late September. Protection from the vaccine generally lasts for six months. Waiting until late September or early October will afford protection thru March which is the length of the flu season.
Children aged 6 months through 8 years who need two doses of vaccine will be vaccinated earlier to allow time to get the second dose before the start of flu season. If a child is getting the vaccine for the first time, two doses are necessary. The two doses are given at least 4 weeks apart. If you aren’t sure if your child needs two doses, please call the office. We are happy to answer your questions.
People at High Risk…… Children younger than 6 months are at a higher risk of serious flu complications but too young to get the vaccine. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from the flu. Limiting exposure to others and lots of hand washing will help. Pregnant women and women up to two weeks post partum, people with Asthma or neurological conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease or weakended immune systems should get the flu vaccine.
This year’s vaccine is meant to protect against 4 types of virus. We recommend preservative free vaccine for children. If you are considering getting vaccinated elsewhere, be sure to request the preservative free vaccine. There are less reactions to this vaccine.