2015 FLU SHOTS ARE HERE!
Why get the vaccine?
Influenza is a very contagious disease. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Children have the highest rates of infection. Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of more severe flu.
Who should get the vaccine?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends flu shots for all children greater than 6 months old. We, at CMG, especially recommend flu vaccines for children with siblings under 6 months old in the household, infants older than 6 months to 4 years old, children with underlying medical issues including:
• Asthma or other chronic lung disease
• Significant heart disease
• Immunosuppressive disorders or therapy
• Long-term aspirin therapy
• Chronic kidney disease
The vaccine is also required by day-cares and pre-schools in Connecticut.
2 doses are required for 1st time vaccinees between 6 months and 8 years, spread 4 weeks apart.
Who should NOT get the vaccine?
Children with anaphylactic egg allergy are NOT to get the flu vaccine. If the reaction, historically, has not been anaphylaxis, the vaccine may be given, but we require a 30 minute observation period, in our office, following the vaccine. If you are unsure, please discuss your concerns with your allergist.
Children who are moderately, or severely, ill should wait to get their flu vaccine and those with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should discuss whether or not to get the vaccine with your doctor.
Those children who have close contacts with people with compromised immune systems should NOT get the intranasal live vaccine (flu mist), but can safely get the injectable vaccine.
Which Flu vaccine is right for you?
Children who are under 2 years old or have underlying heart, kidney, lung, liver, anemia, or metabolic disease such as diabetes will receive the inactive flu vaccine injection, not the live flu mist.
There are two options this year for children over 2 years old with NO underlying medical condition and/or egg allergy.
• Option #1 is the traditional injection.
• Option #2 is the live intranasal flu mist.
Children should not have a significant degree of nasal congestion when the mist is administered. Both vaccines are preservative free and contain the seasonal and H1N1 flu strains.
What are the risks?
• Mild problems:
• Soreness/redness/swelling where shot was given
•If symptoms occur, they will occur shortly after the shot and last 1-2 days.
• Severe problems:
•Allergic reaction – including difficulty breathing
How long does it take to work?
It takes about 2 weeks after the vaccine is administered to become protected. The flu vaccine does not protect against non-flu viruses.
How do you schedule an appointment?
Please call our office at 203-661-2440 for an appointment.
If your child has a check-up scheduled soon, you do not need to make an appointment just for the vaccine. Your child will get the flu vaccine at the check-up appointment.
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