Does My Child Need a Flu Shot?

December 1, 2022

Does My Child Need a Flu Shot?

As parents, we understand the importance of keeping our kids healthy all year long. Especially during the winter season when there is illness all around us!

Keeping your kids healthy includes getting an annual flu shot. Read on from our AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail to learn why children need flu shots every year.

Who Is Eligible for the Flu Shot?

Anyone who is age 6 months or older and is not allergic to its ingredients is able to get the flu shot. There is also a small population of people who have had Guillain-Barre syndrome that are not eligible to receive the shot.

It is important to get vaccinated every year because the flu shot changes each year to best align with the most common circulating strains. The shot is your best protection from illness when it is paired with healthy habits like eating well, sleeping enough and staying away from sick individuals.

Why Your Child Needs a Yearly Flu Shot

  • It reduces risk of death or serious illness due to the flu.
  • It can reduce the number of sick days.
  • The shot protects others that cannot get the vaccine.
  • It can help with herd immunity.

Can Kids Get Really Sick From the Flu?

They certainly can. Small children and babies are more prone to severe reactions to respiratory illnesses because of their small airways. Any type of inflammation can cause troubles or respiratory distress, which can be dangerous or even deadly to your child.

If you have a baby under age 6 months in your house, it is important that everyone else in your family gets the flu shot as soon as possible. Since your little one is not able to get a vaccine of his or her own, you can provide protection through household immunity.

Health Tips for the Whole Family

  • Get your annual flu shot.
  • Teach proper handwashing.
  • Avoid others if they are sick.
  • Eat well and stay hydrated.
  • Make sleep a priority for everyone.

It’s not too late to get your flu shot this year! Come see us today at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail.

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