Should getting the flu shot be a top priority for your child?
Every parent wants to do what’s best for their child’s health. If it were possible, we would do whatever we could to ensure our children never get sick. While this isn’t exactly realistic, there are certainly measures you can take to protect your child from common but potentially serious health problems. If you’ve been considering whether or not your child should get the flu shot, our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians are here to weigh in on the subject.
The flu is much more serious than just catching the common cold, particularly for children. The CDC reports that millions of children get the flu each year and that thousands are hospitalized because of it. No one wants to deal with an emergency trip to the hospital when the flu can be prevented altogether. Since children are more likely to spread the flu it’s important to safeguard them against the illness.
All children over the age of 6 months should get an annual flu vaccine from their West Jordan children’s doctor. These vaccines not only protect your child from developing this illness but they also protect other school children and people in the community that may have weakened immune systems or can’t get the flu vaccine.
By getting your child vaccinated you protect your little one’s health and the health of those around you. It’s particularly important that children who also have chronic health problems like asthma, heart disease or diabetes get the flu vaccine every year without fail.
What if your child is under 6 months old?
We understand that parents often worry that their newborns might catch the flu. While newborns are just as susceptible as anyone else to getting the influenza virus, the best way to protect them is to make sure that every family member that your little one could be around gets the flu vaccine first.
Of course, there are some rare instances in which your child shouldn’t get vaccinated. Please let us know if your child has Guillain-Barre syndrome or has had an allergic or severe reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.
If you need to schedule your child’s next flu shot, we have you covered. While we know that shots are never a fun experience for your little one, the expert pediatricians at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, make the experience as painless and easy as possible. Schedule your child’s next visit today.