Do YOU (and your kids) really need the flu vaccine?

The low-down on this is that influenza often kills those who are otherwise well. Also, the flu can be fatal to children.

The CDC found that 830 kids died from flu-related complications between 2004 and 2012 and most of those had not gotten a flu vaccine. Pneumonia was the most commonly reported complication among the kids who died 43% of the kids who died from flu complications were otherwise healthy and did not have high-risk medical conditions (like heart defects, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, or asthma).

The CDC recommends that all children 6 months or older get the flu vaccine every year. Prevention IS the best strategy. Children younger than 9 who are receiving the vaccine for the first time need two doses. If they only get one vaccine the first year of flu vaccination, it’s as though they are not vaccinated that season.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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