Developmental Pediatrician, Dr. Nicola Jones-Stokreef, talks about the flu and the importance of getting the flu vaccine.
Influenza (“the flu”) is a serious infection and more dangerous to your child than the common cold. Each year, many children get sick with seasonal influenza, some are hospitalized, and some children die.
Severe influenza complications are more likely in:
- Children younger than 2 years old
- Children with neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions like cerebral palsy and epilepsy
- Children with chronic health problems like diabetes and asthma
The best way to protect your child is by getting them, yourself and your family vaccinated each year. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, as well as other health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), recommends universal immunization for individuals over 6 months of age.
There are several different influenza vaccines available including an intranasal spray for children over 2 years of age.
Egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to receive the inactivated influenza vaccines.
Children less than 9 years old who are receiving seasonal influenza vaccine for the first time require two doses with a minimum of 4 weeks between doses.
Where are flu shots available?
- Your primary health care provider
- Pharmacies for individuals over 5 years of age
- Many workplaces
- Your local health unit
Protect your child and your family and get your flu shot today!
For more information please visit the ministry's website.
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Article by: Dr. Nicola Jones-Stokreef, Developmental Pediatrician