At Venice Urgent Care, we understand that, as a parent, you have many important decisions to make. There is more medical information available now than ever before, which can render decision making even more difficult for you.
We strive to help you with those decisions, one of which is whether or not you should get a flu shot for your child.
The flu is dangerous for children
Severe complications from influenza (the flu) are most commonly seen in children under the age of two. If a child develops the flu before the age of five, they commonly require medical care. The risks for children to endure serious complications from the flu increase for children who have chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or nervous system disorders.
The flu changes each year… and so does the flu vaccine
Flu seasons are unpredictable and vary in severity. The spread and severity of the flu can also vary in different parts of the country. Sadly, many children die from the flu each year.
Because the flu changes each year, so does the flu vaccine. There are different flu immunization products that are approved for different age groups. At Venice Urgent Care, our flu shot dosage is appropriate for children aged five years and older.
Your trusted healthcare providers at Venice Urgent Care know which flu shot is appropriate for your child.
You shouldn’t be concerned about vaccines
Many parents have a fear of vaccines for their children – including the flu vaccine. Reasons may include:
- Negative side effects
- They mistakenly believe that the flu isn’t that serious
- Too many shots for their child to endure
- Flu shots may cause the flu
Some parents are afraid their child may experience negative side effects from the immunizations – or even get the flu from the flu shot. Some parents don’t feel the illnesses addressed by some of the vaccines are all that serious. Another fear parents have is that their children simply get too many shots.
It is impossible for the flu shot to cause illness because it is a killed or inactivated virus. The live virus that was previously given in nasal spray form has been discontinued for this year’s flu season.
The flu can be very serious and should not be underestimated. According to the CDC, an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized each year due to complications from influenza.
Get advice from your healthcare provider
The best way to make an informed decision regarding vaccinations and any other medical issues affecting your children is to get professional advice from your healthcare provider.
We, at Venice Urgent Care, will take the time to sit down with you and explain the positives, as well as the negatives of vaccines and help you with the important decisions you will make as a parent.
Call (310) 396-2273 or visit us today. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be and to help keep your family healthy.