Dec 12, 2014
The holiday season is usually one of the busiest and most chaotic times of the year and it can be easy to neglect one of the most important items on your to do list – getting a flu vaccination. In particular, parents and guardians of young children need to make time to get the whole family vaccinated. While the importance of getting the flu shot is confirmed by public health and medical professionals, many parents and guardians still ask, “Does it really make a difference for my child?”
The answer is yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for every person six months and older as the first and best way to protect against the flu. Children younger than five, and especially those younger than two, are at high risk for severe flu complications. Children with chronic medical conditions including asthma and seizures are at even higher risk. On average, 20,000 children under the age of 5 in the U.S. are hospitalized annually with flu-related complications. An annual flu vaccination is one of the quickest, easiest, and best ways to help protect your child.