Many parents want to know if and why they should get their child a flu shot. It is one of several immunizations that are recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children between the ages of six months to 18 years old. With more information about the flu shot and a consultation with a Jupiter, Palm City and Palm Beach Gardens, FL children's doctor, you can make an informed decision for your child.
What Is the Flu Shot?
The flu shot is an injection that helps the body develop a protection against the influenza virus. Seasonal influenza is an infection of the upper respiratory system and lungs that causes coughing, sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, fever and other symptoms. Though in most cases flu symptoms will go away with medication and bed rest, some cases are more serious. Complications related to the flu include sinus infections, pneumonia and inflammation of the heart or muscle tissues.
Why Is the Flu Shot Recommended for Children in Jupiter, Palm City and Palm Beach Gardens?
Children and seniors are the two groups that are encouraged to get flu shots because they are most vulnerable to serious complications and their immune systems are not as strong as the average adult. The CDC estimates that 20,000 children under the age of five have to be hospitalized due to influenza. Children who have other health problems, like asthma, metabolic disorders and weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu.
Another more basic reason why you may want to get your child a flu shot is because your child's school may require it for enrollment each year. School-aged children are more susceptible to contracting the flu virus due to general hygiene concerns and their time spent together in close quarters with other children and adults.
Getting the Flu Shot
It takes minutes to get a flu shot when you visit a children's doctor at Children's Physicians in Jupiter, Palm City and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Call today to schedule a time to bring your child into the office.