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Why Children Should Get Flu Shot

Controversies over immunizations and other vaccines have been raging for quite some time. You may read that you should get a flu shot on one day, only to find 25 reasons not to get a flu shot the next day. And what about your children? Should they get a flu shot?

Here is the simple answer: Yes. Here’s why.

Influenza is still a big killer. Children and the elderly seem to be most vulnerable, because often they have little in the way of immunities to fight off this most aggressive of infections. Flu symptoms in children can come on suddenly, exactly the way they do in adults. Often children can feel miserable for a considerable amount of time, too.

People will sometimes tell you that the vaccine is not very effective. It may not be 100% effective, but if your child contracts the flu, it will be a lot shorter and a lot milder than if they never had a flu shot. Many nursery schools are now mandating that every child have a flu shot, because it keeps kids from getting the flu and causing an epidemic.

Other people will tell you it’s too late in the season for your children to get a flu shot. This also isn’t true. The earlier you get the flu shot, the more your body will be immunized for it, but it’s never too late for a flu shot. The flu typically doesn’t peak until sometime in February, so make that child doctor visit in North Valley today to find out about a flu shot for your children.

Some people will tell you they got sick as a result of the flu shot. While they may experience muscle aches or a mild fever in children, kids won’t get a full-blown flu. And the symptoms are gone before you know it. In children, just like any other immunization, most kids won’t have any effects from getting the flu shot.

Then, there are people who will try to tell you as long as your kids are healthy they don’t need a flu shot. Influenza comes out of the blue and often strikes down the healthiest of people. Flu often comes with its own special bag of complications – things such as pneumonia, coughing for weeks after, and spreading the germ to everyone in their path.

Be a proactive parent and take action today. Get your kids a flu shot by calling Pediatrix now and arranging a child doctor visit in the North Valley.

Posted in Blog on March 22nd, 2016

Flu in Children: How It Spreads, Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Prevention

Influenza, or the ‘flu’ is a common respiratory illness that seems to affect many people during the winter season, although many get the flu at other times of the year also. Kids seem to be more susceptible to it than adults. Now that winter has arrived, the flu season will be kicking up. You want to be prepared and know what to look out for.

Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Children

If your children suddenly come home telling you they feel awful, check for the following flu symptoms in children:

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • coughing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • not eating
  • diarrhea
  • ear pain

You may think they just have another cold, but the flu will make them sicker by far. Usually most symptoms are gone within 5 days, but a cough may linger for weeks. Don’t ignore signs of the flu as it can lead to worse complications including possibly pneumonia.

If you notice fever in children, and suspect your child has the flu, don’t hesitate to schedule a child doctor visit in Happy Valley. Pediatrix doctors are available to speak with you about how to keep your child safe and comfortable when they have the flu.

Knowing How it Spreads

Flu is highly contagious, which means if you are near anyone who has it, chances are you’ll be next. When people with the flu germ cough or sneeze, little droplets find their way into the air and are breathed in by others close by.

Touching things will also spread flu germs. Children in school will often find themselves not feeling well due to the flu. After touching doorknobs, phones, or anything in public places, you may go home not feeling so well. Because of this, hand washing is essential during the flu season.

  • Treatments: This would include plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of liquids, and staying at home. Children’s aspirin or ibuprofen can relieve fever, headaches, and muscle aches.
  • Prevention: Children are natural ‘picker-uppers’, meaning anything and everything they see they must handle. When another child with flu germs has already handled something, that germ is spread, and quickly.
  • Hand washing: Teach your children to wash their hands frequently, as hand washing is a very effective way to stop the spread of a respiratory illness.
  • Vaccinate: The flu vaccine is available for everyone over 6 months of age. Usually you start thinking about a flu vaccine in September, but you can still get a flu vaccine now.

If you have questions about possible flu symptoms in your children, be sure to contact your Pediatrix office and schedule your child a doctor visit in Happy Valley.

Posted in Blog on January 26th, 2016