By Colleen McCabe, MSN, CRNP
Happy fall! Along with adding pumpkin to your coffee and cheering on the Eagles, it is also time for your child’s annual flu shot. There are many reasons why it is important to have your child vaccinated against the flu, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The annual flu vaccine helps prevent your child from getting sick from the flu. In fact, each year the flu vaccine prevents over four million people from getting sick. Having your child vaccinated will help keep themselves and others around them healthy.
- If your child does become sick with the flu, the vaccine can reduce the need of your child being seen by a doctor, going to the emergency room, or worse, being admitted to the ICU.
- Since we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting your child from the flu with the vaccine will help keep them and those around them healthy. Strong immune systems are important during this time.
- If your child has a chronic illness, such as asthma or an immunodeficiency, it is especially important you vaccinate them as soon as possible. Children with chronic illnesses are more likely to end up in the emergency room due to complications from the flu.
Call our office today to schedule your child’s flu shot. We are offering flu shots during the week as well as Saturdays and selective Sundays.