Vaccinate Your Child Against Flu for a Healthy and Happy Winter Season
There’s no better feeling than seeing your children enjoy life and watching them thrive at school and playing, running with their friends, and chilling with buddies—all the beautiful moments in between! Flu vaccination for children makes this pleasant scenario going throughout the winter season.
Read our guide by Dr. Annamária Wilde, a pediatrician at FirstMed, to know how important the flu shot is in protecting children from getting sick and keeping them from missing out on school and fun activities with their friends.
Unmasking the Flu: More Than a Bad Cold
Contrary to popular belief, the flu isn’t just a worse version of the cold. Influenza (commonly called flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. High fever, body aches, chills—these are a few of its unpleasant markers. And complications? Superinfection may require antibiotic treatment and, in severe cases, cause more serious illnesses like bacterial pneumonia or bronchitis.
Kids can catch this uninvited guest anywhere: school, kindergarten, their best friend’s birthday party, and more. Thankfully, prevention is just a vaccine away!
Power of Prevention: Discover Flu Vaccination Benefits for Children
The flu vaccine helps the immune system fight influenza strains likely to appear during late autumn and winter. Even a mild illness means missed school days and interrupted playdates, not to mention serious health complications. The flu shot, given to your child in time, provides the best protection from getting sick with influenza in the cold and flu season. Vaccination is also a powerful tool in safeguarding the community.
No More Fear of Needles: Flu Vaccine for Children in Nasal Spray
Needles are not everyone’s favorite, especially not the little ones, but that shouldn’t interfere with their protection. At FirstMed, we provide Fluenz Tetra nasal spray, which is a simple and painless way to vaccinate children between the ages of 2 and 18. Remember that the upper respiratory tract must be clear for the vaccine to work properly. If your child has a cold, wait until full recovery before making an appointment for vaccination with the nasal spray.
Vaxigrip Tetra, the injectable counterpart, is just as effective—and in some cases, more beneficial because it’s available to a more extensive age range.
Unsure which type of flu vaccine would be most beneficial for your child? Feel free to ask our pediatricians for advice.
Secure the Shield: Is the Flu Vaccination Safe for Children?
You must wonder, “Are these vaccines safe for my child?” Absolutely! They are carefully tested before making them publicly available. Flu vaccines have a long history of safe use, with millions receiving them yearly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual vaccination against flu for everyone six months of age and older. In this CDC guide you can find further details about children’s flu prevention, care, and vaccination.
At FirstMed, we pay extra attention to your child’s health. Our expert pediatricians check all children under 16 to ensure vaccination is appropriate for them.
The Takeaway: Strong Kids, Stronger Community
We’ve painted the complete picture for you, from understanding the flu to choosing the suitable vaccine for your child. Remember, a flu shot is a significant factor in protecting your child’s health and contributes to a healthier community.
As a pediatrician at FirstMed, Dr. Annamária Wilde has seen firsthand the benefits of vaccinating children against the flu. In her expert opinion, flu shots are an effective way to protect children from getting sick and missing out on important school or social activities. With her guidance and expertise, you can feel confident in the decision to vaccinate your children and help keep them healthy and active.
Keep your kids healthy and happy throughout the winter season. Let them hang out with their friends and spend more time playing outside rather than lying sick in bed. Protect them from the flu by getting them vaccinated in time.
Visit FirstMed’s flu vaccination page for more information or to schedule an appointment.