It’s time for flu shots. Winter respiratory season is on its way and, “The single best way to protect against flu is to be vaccinated every year.” Ideally your child (and you) will have had the flu shot at least 2 weeks prior to any exposure to the virus. If your infant, child, or teen hasn’t yet had their flu shot call today for an appointment. Waiting provides no added benefit and only increases the time a child is more susceptible to getting influenza this season.
Listen to the video for information on quadrivalent versus trivalent flu shots, options for nasal flu spray (NO POKES!), and new viruses included in this year’s flu shot.
Information For Parents Online: Protection from Flu Shots
- CHOP Vaccine Education Center: Influenza Vaccine, How Vaccines Are Made
- Centers For Disease Control (CDC): Key Facts About Flu Shots, Seasonal Flu Basics
- Healthy Children (from The American Academy of Pediatrics): What You Need to Know About 2013-14 Flu Shots
- Mama Doc: Why A Flu Shot Every Year ?, It’s Time For Flu Shots (2013-14)
- Mom-to-Mom Health Care: Lisa Murakami writes on her blog Married To Medicine, “Vaccination: A Layperson’s perspective“