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Flu shots are a must for children; Here’s everything you need to know

Have you got your kid a flu shot? If not, here are the reasons why you shouldn't waste more time and get your kid vaccinated.

Written by Arushi Bidhuri |Updated : December 29, 2020 9:40 AM IST

The flu vaccine is important to keep your kids from getting sick. It is even more of a necessity at times of the pandemic, with a dangerous disease lurking over our heads. With coronavirus looming large, it is vital to stay protected in order to avoid hospitalization. Plus, influenza and coronavirus together can wreak havoc on your kids' body, which is why it is essential to get your kid vaccinated.

Importance Of Flu Shot For Children

With the coronavirus outbreak, many people have overlooked the importance of other conditions. They have been focusing only on COVID, which is necessary but doesn't mean that you should neglect other diseases. It is as important to protect yourself from infections like influenza as safeguarding yourself against COVID.

Flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. It is often confused with the common cold because of similar symptoms. It is important to consult a professional doctor to be sure. Flu is an epidemic that can affect children of any age. It is essential to get flu shots to help your child build immunity so that they stay protected against the flu. While anyone can get infected with the flu, children are more prone to such illnesses. Children under the age of 5 are at a higher risk and should be vaccinated to avoid complications.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), between 1,40,000 and 8,10,000 people are hospitalized annually with flu. So, if this hasn't given you enough reason to give your child the flu shot, here are some other reasons that might help you understand its importance.

  • Reduces the risk of flu illness, which may reduce the chance of hospitalization among children
  • Can make the illness less severe among people prone to getting sick with the flu
  • Alleviates the risk of developing high-risk complications, especially among kids who are younger than 5 years
  • Helps prevent the spread of flu to babies younger than 6 months

When Should Your Child Get A Flu Shot?

According to the CDC, a child should get a flu shot six months after birth. This is because babies younger than six months have their mother's immunity to stay protected. Children need to be immunized up to five years of age.

Other Tips To Keep In Mind To Protect Your Child

In this pandemic, it is better to keep your child safe from the flu due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Apart from the flu vaccine, here are some other ways to protect your child against these respiratory infections.

  • Keep your child away from sick people
  • Ask them to wash their hands frequently to avoid getting sick
  • Ask them to avoid touching their eyes and mouth with their hands
  • Do not take their mask off when in a public place
  • Ask them to practice social distancing and avoid physical contact with anyone

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