“Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”
“Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly.”
The CDC offers several handouts online about how to reduce your risk of contracting the flu and what to do if you or a family member contracts the flu. See below for more information:
Parents decline to vaccinate kids against the flu because they don’t think they need it. Influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine preventable disease.
Source: Why Parents Don’t Get Their Children Vaccinated For The Flu
A few good reminders for keeping your self and your children healthy during this cold and flu season.
Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School – CDC
We give out these kits, but we always run out. You can get your own kit with great support information for you and any baby sitters/family members. There are super videos included and I strongly recommend you call and get yours today! :
KIT Fact Sheet revised 5-16
We have checked our records, and we are not (thank goodness) in need of any recall activity. None of our vaccines for the flu were included on the recall. The recall is only due to a decrease in expected potency, not at all with any safety issues.
Since our seasonal flu vaccine availablity is erratic due to shipping, manufacturing, and government decisions (which are all outside our control,) we have posted a list of clinics with flu availability. We will still keep you posted about our office supply as we are updated.Flu clinics as of oct 2009 click here.
We have been asked repeatedly for when we will get the H1N1 vaccine and the fact is we don’t know. We have ordered the vaccine and are eagerly awaiting the shipment to us. We are in contact with the VFC government program and we will announce it here when it arrives. You can call our main number any time and press option 6. This will give you the latest information on our H1N1 vaccine status and we will update it when the vaccine arrives.
The Center for Disease Control has released the list (here) of who should get the swine flu vaccine if it is available this year. In addition, these same people should get the regular flu shot as well. If you want to be notified when the vaccine is available, sign up for our developmental newsletter at www.kiddoc.com/news.php . Even if your child is older than 3 and you don’t get the weekly updates, you will be entered in our communication database.
Here is a great resource for swine flu preventive guidelines. By reviewing some of these simple items, you can be healthier, not only from the Swine flu, but colds in general
Hill Physicians | Preventive Guidelines | Swine Flu.