Flu Vaccine

Are you ready for Flu Season?

For flu shot status, call our Flu shot update line.

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Influenza (flu) is an acute infection of the respiratory tract.  Many people confuse the symptoms with a common cold because of the similarities.  Symptoms begins 2-3 days after exposure and include: high fever (up to 104°F), chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, dry cough, and ill feeling.  Abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea are also frequent symptoms in children.  These symptoms, including fever, can last up to one week or longer.  General tiredness can persist for up to two weeks after fever has subsided.

  Flu Shot
Recommended Age 6 months and up
Healthy vs. Chronic Healthy and chronically ill children (especially with asthma and RAD)
Contraindications Anyone with sensitivity to egg products, on aspirin therapy, history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, known or suspected immune deficiency, or any acute febrile illness.
Double Dosing forfirst-timers? Yes, 1 month apart
Efficacy The body begins making antibodies ~2 weeks after vaccination.
Side effects Soreness, redness, swelling, low-grade fever, achiness

When is flu season?
Flu season begins in the late Fall and early Winter, and peaks between November and March.

What can you do?
Here are some tips to prevent spreading of the flu:

  • Good hand washing!!!
  • Children with fever should stay at home until fever free for 24 hours.
  • Have your child vaccinated with the Flu vaccine.

What do you do if your child gets the Flu?

  • Plenty of rest
  • Encourage fluids
  • Tylenol and/or Motrin for fever
  • Humidifier in child’s room.
  • Saline drops and suction for nasal congestion.
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