(BPT) – The weather is beginning to cool, leaves are changing, and soon children will be carving pumpkins and picking out their Halloween costumes. However, fall also usually brings flu season, a time when kids are more likely to get sick with flu. That’s why it’s important to get children a flu vaccine and help them fight flu, so they can do what they do — like having fun with friends!
Is your family ready to fight flu? Which of the statements are true about protecting your children during flu season?
- Flu illness is more dangerous than the common cold. Millions of children get sick with flu every year and thousands will be hospitalized as a result. Flu can lead to serious complications, like inflammation of the heart and brain. While most children recover from flu within two weeks, some children can develop more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
- Vaccination is the best way to protect children against flu. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year, ideally by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated after October can still provide children with important protection during most flu seasons. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses for the best protection.
- Flu vaccines are updated every year to keep up with changing flu viruses. This season’s flu vaccines were updated from last season to better match the viruses currently circulating, which change year to year. Seasonal flu vaccines are designed to protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.
- Children still need to be vaccinated against flu even if they received a COVID-19 vaccine. While both flu and COVID-19 are potentially serious contagious respiratory illnesses, they are caused by two different viruses. It is important to stay up-to-date on both flu and COVID-19 vaccines to provide the best protection for children this winter.
All answers are true! Flu vaccines are safe, reduce your risk from flu, and are important to keep your child healthy.
It’s important for parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against flu (ideally before Halloween), so kids are ready to fight flu this season. Learn more about flu and how to best protect children so they can enjoy all the season has to offer.