What is the flu?
The flu (influenza) is a highly contagious respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It can range from mild to fatal.
Why is the flu dangerous?
The flu is unpredictable. Children, especially those with asthma, heart conditions or diabetes, pregnant woman, seniors, and those with existing health problems are at greater risk of developing serious complications.
Those complications include:
- bacterial pneumonia
- sinus or ear infections
- worsening of asthma, diabetes and heart conditions
These complications can be fatal, especially in younger children, or cause long-term health challenges.
Who should get vaccinated?
Since 2010, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine.
Babies younger than 6 months old cannot get the vaccine themselves, but are at much higher risk of contracting the flu. Make sure you, your older children, any visitors and any caretakers get the flu vaccine to provide herd immunity for your newborn.
Make an appointment!
Call Alzein Pediatrics at 708-424-7600 or visit http://alzeinpeds.com/make-appointment/. We can take care of all your children (and you!) quickly and easily.
We’ve already had our flu shot this year.
That’s wonderful! We are happy you have protected your family and yourself. To keep your child’s medical records up to date, please call our office at 708-424-7600 and let us know when and where the vaccine was administered.
Additional questions about the flu or your child’s health?
Call our office at 708-424-7600 and we’ll be happy to help. You can also follow us on Facebook as we post helpful information about the flu and other health care issues that affect your family.