Flu Vaccines 2019

Flu Vaccines 2019

Should my child get a Flu Shot??

The short answer is, YES, we do recommend the FLU shot. It is the best defence against the Influenza Virus, which tends to appear in the late fall and peak in frequency between December and February.

Serious side effects are extremely rare the flu shot. Apart from the needle poke, discomfort is occasionally a sore arm.  You cannot get the Flu from a Flu Shot.

Influenza is a highly contagious virus; people who develop influenza are typically quite sick with high fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and cough. They usually need several days off from work/school. The risk of hospitalization and serious complications is higher with influenza than any other common viruses that can cause coughs and colds.

The main downside of the annual Flu Shot is that in some years, it is not very effective.  Last year (2018-2019), the Flu Shot was HIGHLY effective, whereas two years prior, it was less effective.  At this time, we still do not know how effective this year’s shot will be.

Other facts:

-the flu shot can be given to children as young as 6 months of age

-we will be offering “drop in times” for Flu Shots. Pharmacies also offer Flu Shots to children 5 years and older

 

Flu shots are available….click on the walk in tab to find out our flu shot clinic hours…..