Flu Season

Influenza (also known as the “Flu”) is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus with a variety of strains every year. In the United States, influenza seems to affect people of all ages especially during the months of October through May, with peaks from December through February. The Flu causes fever, chills, body aches, nausea/ vomiting, and other symptoms depending on the severity of the disease. If contracted the Flu can cause serious complications, especially for young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Treatment of the disease is recommended to be within the first 2-3 days of onset of signs and symptoms.

How does the Flu Vaccine work?

The current inactivated Flu vaccine is given intramuscularly (by injection).  The inactivated Flu vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the flu viruses that are in the vaccine.  It is not like the Flumist that, in the past, was being administered through the nostrils and because it contained the live Flu virus, caused flulike illnesses.  Just like any other injectable vaccine, the inactivated Flu vaccine may cause the usual reaction of pain, mild redness, or mild swelling in the site of the injection.  In case of mild reaction such as these, one may take Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.  Drinking lots of liquids when one has the disease is essential in preventing complications such as dehydration, that may require some patients to be hospitalized.  If the reactions are more severe such as sustained fevers, chills, vomiting, or other symptoms, the patient should be seen by their pediatric provider immediately.

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends every child 6 months and older to get the flu vaccine.  If your child is 6 months or older ask us if flu vaccination is medically indicated for him/ her.

How Protected are you?

The CDC says, a flu shot is 40 to 60 percent effective if the match between the flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus are close. Among those who have been vaccinated, the risk of getting the usual signs and symptoms of the disease is significantly decreased despite exposure to sick contacts. The current recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that those who choose not to get vaccinated and develop flulike illness during flu season do not have to be tested; patients with symptoms within 2 days’ onset would likely respond to treatment and should therefore be treated as if they had the influenza disease.

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