Things for Parents to Know About the 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine – Dr. Mina Kim

As we say hello to fall, let’s take a moment to talk about the flu. Influenza is a virus that causes illness even among the healthiest of kids (and adults). Every year, thousands of people are hospitalized, and just last year, 77 children died from complications associated with the flu. So protect your family and get vaccinated! Here are 5 things that every parent should know:

  1. Children can begin vaccination starting at 6 months old.  Parents of infants less than 6 mos should all be vaccinated to prevent exposing their baby to the flu

  2. The flu can take up to 1 week to be effective, so vaccinate early

  3. Most children with egg allergies can still get the flu vaccine

  4. Flumist (nasal flu vaccine) did not offer appropriate protection in the last few years and so is no longer approved for children

  5. The flu vaccine is a killed virus, so you cannot get the flu with the vaccine

For more information, please visit healthychildren.org – Prepare Your Family for Flu Season or give our office a call at 312-202-0300.

Dr Mina

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