Should my child get the flu shot?
Yes! Here’s why…
The flu shot prevents the flu. The flu is a common virus that causes a sudden high fever, coughing, and feeling very tired and sore all over.
Why is it important for my child to be immunized against the flu?
- Young children suffer more with the problems caused by the flu. The flu can cause trouble breathing, lung diseases, and problems from very high fevers. These problems from the flu can put children in the hospital and even cause death especially in children under 5 years old. To prevent this, it is important for all children, especially very young children, to get the flu shot.
What can happen if my child gets the flu shot?
- Most often, the spot where the flu shot was given can become red and swollen and may hurt for 1 out of 5 children. Some children may get a fever, headache, or their muscles can hurt for 1 or 2 days, but this is not the flu. There are other rare side effects.
- Your child cannot get the flu from the flu shot because the shot is made from a killed virus. The flu shot is also not meant to prevent normal colds people get during the winter.
- The shot starts to work 14 days after getting it. Try to stay away from people who are sick with the flu during those 14 days.
When does my child need the flu shot?
- Each child (ages 6 months and older) is due for a flu shot every year (September to March).
- The 1st time your child gets the flu shot until 9 years old, he/she will need a 2nd shot one month later. After that, your child will only need to get one flu shot every year to prevent the flu.
- The flu shot may be given at the same time with other shots.
If your child has health insurance, there is no cost for the flu shot. If you pay for your child’s healthcare, there is no extra cost for the flu shot.
For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
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