Following the news and keeping up to date with health recommendations for your family can be confusing during this time. As we head into flu season, it’s important to understand the differences between COVID-19 vaccinations and the flu shot so that you can make an informed decision to protect the people you love.
COVID-19 has caused severe disease and millions of deaths around the world since early 2020. With the fourth wave of the pandemic caused by the Delta variant, there are many more children who have been hospitalized than in previous waves and some have died. Children who recover may experience chronic symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and respiratory symptoms known as “Long COVID”.
Influenza (“the flu”) is also a serious infection and more dangerous to your child than the common cold. Flu prevention is more important than ever to protect people and the health care system due to the existing COVID-19 pandemic. There is also the risk of severe illness from simultaneous infection by both viruses and the best way to protect your child is by getting them, yourself and your family vaccinated.
Severe complications and hospitalization from these viruses are more likely in:
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