child vaccinationA new school year gives your child an opportunity to be exposed to newfound information, and can also expose them to germs and bacteria that makes them sick as soon as they set foot on school grounds.  Most of the time, it can be just a simple cold. However, your child could also come down with the flu and be .

While many view the flu as a miserable, but minor infection, the virus actually poses a serious risk for children.  Every year, thousands of children face hospitalization due to influenza complications. To ensure your child is protected, learn the importance of getting their annual flu shot for the school season.

Is my child’s school a high-risk environment?

Influenza thrives in environments that places people in closed-in quarters, like a classroom.  For school children, the chances of catching the flu are especially high since they have the tendency to neglect covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze, or wash their hands frequently.

Keeping children flu-free is virtually impossible, but you can reduce the risk of infection by making sure your child gets an updated seasonal flu shot as well as encouraging the practice of proper hygiene.

Does my child need a flu shot every year?

New strains of the flu happen every year, so your flu shot from last year won’t protect you this year.  While the new flu shots don’t provide universal protection against every type of influenza virus that may occur, it does provide a considerable defense against strains that will most likely cause an outbreak.  Generating natural immunities against the seasonal flu virus can keep your child from getting sick.

Who needs a yearly vaccine?

The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) recommends everyone at least six months and older to get an annual flu shot.  People who especially need an annual flu shot include children with long-term health conditions, caregivers of children, school teachers, pregnant women, and elderly.

Can the flu shot make my child sick?

Since the flu shot contains a dead or inactive strain of the virus, it cannot cause illness.  It usually takes about two weeks for the body to develop antibodies to protect against the flu, and during this time your child can get sick.  Likewise, since the flu vaccine is developed to protect individuals against the predicted strain, there is a possibility your child could still contract another strain.

By protecting against the most prevalent strains, the seasonal flu shot can significantly reduce your child’s risk of catching the flu during the school year.

 

Seasonal Flu Shots at AFC Urgent Care

At AFC Urgent Care, we provide seasonal flu shots and provide treatment for cold and flu-like symptoms on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.  For more information on the services we provide, please call us at 908-222-3500.