From an interview with
Dr. Dierdre Young
McLeod Internal Medicine Physician
Doctors recommend that your child(ren) should get a flu vaccine every year in the fall, starting when he or she is 6 months old. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses for best protection. McLeod Internal Medicine physician Dr. Deirdre Young tells us more.
“The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, which can cause mild to severe sickness. At times, it can even lead to hospitalization and death. In areas where groups of people are close together like schools, homes and workplaces, the flu can spread quickly.
The flu is most contagious during the first 24 hours. It usually starts suddenly, with symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, tiredness, and sore throat. In children, symptoms often involve diarrhea and vomiting. A physician exam and testing may be needed if you or your child has the flu.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year, which greatly reduces the chances of developing and spreading the flu virus. You and your children should also practice good hand washing. Contact your physician’s office to schedule flu vaccines for your entire family.”
Why should my child get a flu vaccine?
To learn more, speak with an internal medicine specialist near you.