Know what you can do to make sure your child stays healthy this year and every year.
It’s that time of year again to talk about flu outbreaks. You may notice that people are already taking time off work or school for the flu virus. Make sure that you protect your little one from contracting this nasty virus by turning to your Edison pediatricians.
The Best Defense Against the Flu
The single best way to protect your child from the influenza virus is to have them see their Edison, NJ children’s doctor for an annual flu vaccine. This vaccine actually protects against three different flu viruses, and there are even flu vaccines out there that can protect against four different forms. We would be happy to talk to you about which vaccine is right for your child.
At what age is it safe for my child to get the flu vaccine?
According to the CDC, any children over the age of 6 months old should be vaccinated. This also means that anyone at an increased risk of exposure (e.g., children with chronic health issues) or those with weakened immune systems should certainly come in for a vaccine right before peak flu season hits (around October).
When should my child be vaccinated?
In order to fully protect your child from the flu every season it’s important that they get vaccinated every year. If your Edison, NJ pediatrician has told you that your little one will need two doses of the flu vaccine then it’s important that you come in as early as possible. Other children can be vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available, usually by October. Keep in mind that the vaccine antibodies do take about two weeks to develop and actually start protecting your child’s body against the virus, so the sooner you can get your little one vaccinated the better.
Besides getting vaccinated what else can I do to protect my child?
Even if you schedule your child’s next vaccination it’s important that you continue to follow good hygiene and preventive practices to ensure that your child remains healthy. Here are some helpful tips that both you and your child should follow:
- Stay away from others who are sick
- If you cough or sneeze make sure you cover your mouth and nose
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after sneezing or coughing
- Keep hands away from your face
- Disinfect all surfaces that you touch, especially if someone in the family is ill
Ready to make sure that your child doesn’t get the flu this year? Then schedule their next appointment with 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ.