The 2017-2018 vaccine to protect your child against influenza has arrived in our offices.
Your child needs a new flu shot each and every year. The influenza, or flu, viruses are constantly changing, so scientists change the formula each season to best protect against the newest and most aggressive viruses each year. Also, the protection that your child received last year has now weakened over time.
- Every child over 6 months of age healthy enough to receive the vaccine should get it.
- It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to develop antibodies in your child, so getting it early can prevent an early flu.
- Even if your child is perfectly healthy, vaccinating your child provides herd immunity, which means they won’t infect a medically fragile infant, senior or someone with a compromised immune system.
- If your child is under 5 years old and contracts the flu, there’s a good chance it will be severe enough to require medical attention.
- Children are at risk for serious complications such as sinus infections, ear infections and pneumonia.
- In some cases, the flu can cause inflammation of the heart, brain or muscles and organ failure.
Call 708-424-7600 for your child’s flu vaccine today.