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Are you prepared for flu season?

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Protecting your children is a parent’s biggest job. Whether it’s from the school bully, the boogeyman or the flu. We are sure you have the first two under control but are your kids vaccinated against the flu? If not, there are many reasons as to why you should get them the flu shot immediately.

The CDC estimates that approximately 80,000 Americans and 10,000 Texans lost their lives due to flu-related illnesses last winter. The number of pediatric deaths this past season reached a new high, 185, excluding pandemic years. The loss of anyone to a vaccine-preventable disease is horrible, but especially when it is a child.

If that isn’t enough of a reason for you to get you and your family the flu shot this season, here are five more reasons.

1) It minimizes symptoms

The flu shot greatly reduces the risk of contracting the flu. However, there is still a small chance they may still catch the virus. In the event they do, the flu shot helps to minimize the severity of symptoms and amount of time they have the flu. No one wants to see their child suffer, and thanks to the shot, you don’t have to.

2) It saves money

If you do not vaccinate your children and they contract the flu, a trip to the doctor’s office is just about a guarantee. In that case, you have to pay for the office visit, the medicine, and you lose time at work, which can impact your pay check. During the 2016- 2017 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented 2,640,000 medical visits and 84,700 hospitalizations, saving millions of dollars in health care costs. If you don’t want to lose money, the flu shot is a great way to go.

3) It protects others

Everyone’s immune system responds differently to the flu. Your child may get the flu and recover just fine, but may pass it on to another person whose immune system is not as strong, causing a more severe experience for someone else.

4) Kids are more at risk

Children under the age of two are more at risk of contracting the flu because their immune systems are still developing. Of the 185 pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent of them were not vaccinated.

5) It’s always different

Just because your child did not get sick the previous year, does not mean they have a special immune systems and are unlikely to get the flu the next year. Flu strands are different from year to year because they are constantly mutating. That is why it is important to get your child the flu shot every year.

Flu season officially began on October 1st, are you and your family protected? If not, talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine and prevent the preventable!

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