To Flu Shot or Not?

Kids and the Flu Shot

Kids and Flu Shots
We know kids hate getting shots, but do the benefits of the flu shot outweigh the hassle? (Courtesy Google Images)

During the height of flu season, this year being worse than many, it is normal to be concerned about your child’s health and to wonder about the hype of the flu shot.

Kids come into contact with germs every day at school, soccer practice, dance lessons and every place in between. While it has been proven that exposure to bacteria is helpful to build up growing kids’ immune systems, kids are also more in danger if they contract something serious. It is estimated that American children miss 22 million days of school each year because of colds and flus.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized for flu-like symptoms and the most severe flu-related complications occur in children under two years old. The CDC suggests that the best way to prevent these complications is to get your kids vaccinated. While you may be skeptical about the effectiveness of the flu shot, the CDC has the facts.

Winter may be winding down but the flu often rages through February, so don’t wait to make sure your children are prepared. Get the facts and get them vaccinated.