When kids contract flu viruses , they miss school, feel cranky and suffer from unpleasant symptoms. And sometimes, they can develop serious complications, such as dehydration or febrile seizures. That’s why informed parents get their kids vaccinated against the flu each year. For the 2017 to 2018 flu season, vaccine experts recommend that kids get the flu shot, instead of the inhaled FluMist vaccine. If you have any questions, a pediatric provider at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is here to help.
Why the FluMist vaccine isn’t recommended this year
The FluMist vaccine has been a popular option for parents of young children, since their kids don’t have to endure the brief pinch of a needle. But to give your child maximum protection this flu season, the CDC is advising against the use of FluMist because of concerns about its effectiveness in protecting patients against a subtype of influenza A.
Who should receive a flu vaccine
Public health experts recommend that everyone ages six months and older receive a flu shot every year—as long as they do not have any contraindications. A contraindication is something that might make it less safe for a patient to receive a particular treatment. In the case of flu vaccines, one possible contraindication is a life-threatening allergy to chicken eggs.
The flu shot is particularly important for:
- Young children
- Relatives of young children
- Daycare workers
- Children’s librarians
- Hospital staff
Anyone who regularly interacts with kids at home, in the community or on the job should get vaccinated, because doing so protects the kids close to them.
How you can comfort your child during injections
It’s never easy for parents to watch their kids get shots, but the discomfort is temporary. Comfort your child by distracting him or her with a story or song. Hold your child on your lap, and keep your own demeanor and tone of voice positive.
Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital , we’re on a mission to support the health of children throughout our Las Vegas community. Our pediatric specialists strongly encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated according to their pediatrician’s recommendations, as vaccines are the most effective way to protect vulnerable children from serious illnesses. If you would like a physician referral, you can contact our children’s hospital at (702) 233-5437.