It’s flu season, meaning you’re probably surrounded by the following: coughing, runny noses, sore throats, etc. Flus are more than just irritating, however. They can sometimes be deadly. In 2018, Arizona recorded a whopping 523 flu-related deaths. Who’s most at risk? Children under two.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Flu Shot?
A baby has to be at least six months old to receive a flu shot. It’s imperative children under two receive their flu shots as they are the most vulnerable to serious health risk complications that come with the flu.
Why Are Children Vulnerable to Flu Complications?
A child’s immune system is still developing which is why approximately 20,0000 children under the age of five are hospitalized each year due to flu-related complications. In 2009, children ages 5-14 were 14 times more likely to be infected with swine flu than adults over 60.
What Are Symptoms of the Flu?
The following are common flu symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
With children specifically, vomiting and diarrhea are more common flu symptoms. A flu shot can save your child from experiencing these issues.
Can You Get the Flu from the Flu Shot?
Everyone knows someone who claims they got the flu right after getting a flu shot. This is an old wives tale. The truth is, flu shots take 2 weeks to kick in, meaning those who get the flu after the shot we’re going to get the flu regardless. This proves the importance of getting the flu shot as soon as possible.
Has your toddler received their flu shot yet? Request an appointment at Pediatrix and keep your child safe this flu season.