Every person 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccination is very important for those at high risk of serious complications; this may include those with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system. The flu vaccine has been shown to save lives of children! A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study published in 2017 shows that “flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.” Though the vaccine may not completely prevent the flu in all persons, the fact that it can help prevent death from influenza, is a key reason we highly recommend this vaccine.
The best ways to prevent your family from influenza include: receiving the flu vaccine, washing hands often, covering coughs, and avoiding contact with those who are ill.