For Immediate Release
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends a yearly flu (influenza) vaccine for all children 6 months and older — ideally by the end of October. This year the CDC recommends either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine.
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu and its complications. Even when the vaccine doesn't completely prevent the flu, it may reduce the risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization. Recent research shows that the vaccine significantly reduces the risk of dying of the flu for both children with an underlying medical condition and healthy children.
Getting a flu vaccine is especially important this season because the flu and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cause similar common signs and symptoms. Flu vaccination could reduce symptoms that might be confused with those caused by COVID-19. Preventing the flu and reducing the severity of flu illness and hospitalizations could also lessen the stress on the health care system.
Depending on your child's age and health, you might be able to choose between the flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine:
Please note that the flu vaccine cannot give your child the flu. Also, it is important to realize that the flu vaccine doesn't protect your child from COVID-19 or increase your child's risk of getting COVID-19.
Please keep in mind, as well, the number of flu vaccines your child needs depends on a few factors:
Keep in mind that it takes up to two weeks after vaccination to be protected from the flu. Also check with your child's doctor if:
*Please note that if your child has an egg allergy, he or she can still receive the flu vaccine.
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