All the Info You Need About Kids Flu Shots

All the Info You Need About Kids Flu Shots
Jan. 202023

Getting your kids’ flu shots is one of the best things you can do for your family. Not only will they help build their immune system, but they also reduce the likelihood of them becoming super spreaders and visiting the doctor.

Depending on your child’s age and their previous flu shot history, they may need two doses of the vaccine this season. That’s because viruses change every year, so your kid’s immunity might not be as strong as it once was.

Immune System Building

The immune system is made up of organs, cells, and proteins that work together to ward off germs and other microbes that could make you sick. It can be strengthened by a healthy diet, physical activity, and good hygiene habits.

It changes through the course of your life as you get exposed to different bugs. It’s also bolstered by vaccines, which help train the body to recognize and attack disease-causing germs.

Flu vaccinations strengthen your child’s immune system by helping it develop special proteins (called antibodies) to fight off the flu virus. It takes a few days for these antibodies to form.

Flu vaccination has been proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, missed school and work days, hospitalizations, and deaths from flu. It’s especially important for children and people with health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or weakened immune systems.

Reduced Risk of Hospital Visits

Children who have had a flu shot are likely to feel better faster and spend fewer days in the hospital. This can be a life-saver for children with asthma, chronic lung disease or diabetes.

Several studies have shown that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalizations associated with influenza. In addition, it can help protect adults with heart disease or other medical conditions from complications of influenza.

Prevents Contagious Diseases

The flu is one of the most contagious diseases a human can get. Kids can pass it on by kissing each other or touching hands with an infected person. While this may be a challenge, you can minimize your child’s exposure by avoiding large crowds and keeping their hands sanitized at all times.

Well-administered kids flu shots are a surefire way to protect your little bundle of joy from the ills of influenza. The CDC recommends getting two shots with four weeks between them to give your child the best chance of staying healthy. Those with certain medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, are at particularly high risk. The CDC also has a special vaccine called the flu jab for these special cases. Its main goal is to prevent flu-related hospitalizations. While you’re at it, make sure your kiddos are getting the most out of their vaccinations by scheduling booster shots every other year.

For more information on your kids flu shots or when to get them, visit the rest of our website or give us a call at 203-790-0822. We look forward to keeping you and your kids safe during these trying times.

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