The common flu strikes down many children during certain seasons, causing them to miss school and extracurricular activities. A flu vaccine can help prevent major strains of influenza viruses and keep your children as well other other children healthy and safe throughout the cold and flu season. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a set of guidelines and recommendations for parents regarding flu vaccination. The AAP recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot in the 2018-2019 season to provide the optimal amount of protection against all strains of the influenza virus, which though generally harmless in older adults can be serious in young children and has resulted in a record number of pediatric deaths in the past year. Receiving an annual flu vaccine significantly cuts down on a child’s risk of contracting severe influenza and possibly death, the AAP policy statement notes in its recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, 2018-2019 published in September. If you’re looking for a “walk in clinic near me” in the Orlando area to administer the vaccine for your child or treat your child for the flu, call Central Florida Pediatric Urgent Care to set up an appointment today.

 

AAP Recommendations On Preventing Flu

 

The AAP states that the flu virus is extremely common and unpredictable, and can cause serious complications even in healthy children. Receiving a flu immunization significantly reduces the risk for your child having to be hospitalized due to flu. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that last year, the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe seasons on record for flu-related pediatric deaths and illnesses, excluding pandemics. That flu season had a total of 179 flu-related pediatric deaths, and thousands more kids were hospitalized. The vast majority of children who passed- 80 percent- had not received a flu vaccination, according to the CDC’s records. Parents and pediatricians alike have lots of experience watching how quickly flu can spread among children, as influenza can be spread without realizing it because infected carriers can spread the virus a day or two before any symptoms occur. This makes the shot even more important, so look up “walk in clinic near me” and go get your child vaccinated today.

 

Benefits of the Flu Vaccine

 

For the 2018-2019 season, the AAP recommendation is that pediatricians offer the injectable form of the vaccine to all children 6 months and older as soon as the vaccine becomes available in clinics, preferably before October is over. Because the injectable flu vaccine has provided the most consistent protection against all strains of the flu virus in recent years, the AAP recommends the injectable flu vaccine as their top vaccination choice. The nasal spray vaccine, or live attenuated influenza vaccine is also recommended, although the nasal spray did not work as well against influenza A/H1N1 strain in past years. Thus, it was not recommended in the U.S for the past two flu seasons, but since vaccine effectiveness changes from each flu season to the next, the actual effectiveness of the latest nasal spray is a bit more of an unknown. This is why the flu shot is still the first choice for children, although the nasal spray can be used for kids who refuse the shot.

 

Contact Us Today

 

Central Florida Pediatric Urgent Care offers the flu vaccine to protect your child from influenza this cold and flu season. If you’re looking up “walk in clinic near me” in the Orlando area, give us a call and get your child vaccinated today!