Are you prepapared for flu season?
Protecting your children is a parent’s biggest job. Whether it’s from the school bully, the boogeyman or the flu. We’re 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. One of the most important being the devastating impact the virus had last season.
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, 181, excluding pandemic years. The loss of anyone to a disease that can be prevented is horrible, but especially when it is a child.
If that isn’t more than enough of a reason for you to get you and your family the flu shot, here are five more reasons.
1) It minimizes impact
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 shot helps to minimize the amount of time they have the flu and the impact of the flu, which, in the worst case, is death. 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 valuable time at work, which can hinder your check. During the 2016-17 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 responds differently to the flu. Your child may contract the flu and recover from the effects just fine, but may pass it on to another child whose immune system isn’t as good, 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 181 pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent of them were not vaccinated.
5) It’s always different
Just because your child didn’t get sick the previous year, doesn’t mean they have special immune systems and are unlikely to contract the flu the next year. Flu strands are always different because they are constantly mutating. That is why it is important to get your child the shot every year.
Flu season officially began on Oct. 1, are you and your family protected? If not, talk to your doctor about the vaccine and prevent the preventable!