Influenza (Flu) Vaccine first dose is given at 6 month and older

May 18th, 2017
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What is Influenza (Flu)?

Flu or Influenza is the seasonal virus that affects almost everyone at least once a year. Accompanied by coughs, high fever and runny nose, this virus can transfer from one person to another as it is airborne. This symptoms manifest in the patient after one to two days of exposure and can last for a week at most. Although, influenza is not life threatening and can be controlled easily, however, if left unchecked and untreated, it can lead to complications. Especially people who are asthmatic, or low immunity, can end up with pneumonia, asthma attacks and in severe cases heart failure.  

Why should my child get it?

The influenza shots, or ‘jabs’ are a preventive measure to stop your child from catching the virus from their surroundings and to stop him from spreading it around as well. These shots will save you a lot of sleepless nights, and restless discomfort for your child as well.

When shall I get my child vaccinated?

If your child is older than 6 months, then you should get them the shots every year. However, some kids, with lower immunity levels or who are physically weak may require the shots twice a year to keep them protected from the yearly flares. For pregnant mothers, it is a good practice to get yourself vaccinated during pregnancy as it will keep your child safe for a few months after they are born

What are the side-effects?

There are no serious side-effects of the vaccine. Apart from the fact that the children may fees a slight bit of soreness and discomfort on their arm or leg where the shot was administered. This muscle ache has nothing to do with the actual flu or the virus, but is due to the injection itself.  

 

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