Time to start out eager about flu vaccines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) simply got here out with suggestions for the 2017- 2018 season and is urging that each one kids ages 6 months and older get vaccinated towards the flu, ideally by the tip of October.
Sorry, mother and father. The needle-free, nasal-spray flu vaccine known as FluMist is as soon as once more absent from the advice record. Final yr, a panel for the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention decided that the FluMist vaccine doesn’t work. Which means your solely possibility is a needle-prick vaccine for you and your youngster.
Don’t fear, there are methods you can also make getting pictures much less traumatic in your child or toddler. Nursing your child instantly after he receives a vaccine can assist calm him, or you possibly can attempt to distract your youngster by rocking, speaking or singing to him.
Getting your youngster vaccinated towards the flu is one of the best ways to guard him towards the virus and attainable problems. Greater than 100 kids within the U.S. died from the flu final yr, and 1000’s extra went to hospital. A lot of the kids who’ve died from the flu previously weren’t vaccinated, in response to the AAP.
In case your youngster hasn’t obtained the flu vaccine earlier than he’ll want 2 doses no less than four weeks aside. Different kids solely want 1 dose every flu season.
Everybody else in your family must also get the flu vaccine to assist forestall the virus from spreading, the AAP recommends. That features you – even if you happen to’re pregnant or breastfeeding – together with grandparents and youngster care suppliers.