Children's Medical Group
All Children Need Flu Shots! Here's Why:
Every year as leaves begin to fall and the weather turns cooler, the flu begins to spread. The flu continues to be a serious illness which causes thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year, even in previously healthy children. The flu virus spreads easily through the air with coughing and sneezing, and through touching things like doorknobs or toys and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. However, making sure your child receives a flu shot will the likelihood your child will need to go to the doctor by 30% to 60%.
Flu vaccines not only reduce the likelihood of getting the flu virus but also reduce the severity of illness and keeps children from spreading the flu to others around them. With both COVID-19 and influenza in the community this fall it is even more important that children are protected from the flu virus.
Anyone older than 6 months can and should receive the flu vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive flu shots before influenza begins circulating in your community and before the end of October. Children between 6 months and 8 years old who have never received a flu shot will need two doses.
For more information about the flu visit the AAP or the CDC.
To schedule your child's flu shot, call our office at 615-883-2200 or