While it’s clearly still summer weather in the Portland Metro area, “Flu Season” is just around the corner. Are you ready?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that the virus strains for the 2011-2012 season is identical to those of the previous season. Despite that, vaccinations are still recommended even for those who received vaccinations in the past, including last season. In fact, all persons 6 months-of-age and over are encouraged to receive vaccination against the Flu this coming season.
For children between 6 month and 8 years of age there are special considerations. Here’s what parents of children in these age groups need to know…
Did your child receive 1 or more dose of the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine?
If you answered…
YES – your child will need just 1 dose of 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine this coming season.
NO, or you aren’t sure – your child should receive 2 doses of 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine this coming season, and they need to be given at least 4 weeks apart.
Adults and children over 8 years of age will need to just 1 dose of the 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine this coming season.
Clackamas & Oregon Pediatrics has already begun to receive and administer the 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine with preservative free serums also available. Depending on your child’s age and medical history the flu vaccine can be given as an injection or a nasal spray.
A few more things to keep in mind…
- Before your child receives any flu vaccine, tell your healthcare provider if she/he is allergic to egg.
- Depending on your child’s medical history, you may be asked to wait in the office for an observation period after receiving the vaccine.
- Prevention is the best medicine, so wash hands thoroughly and cover those coughs.
Please ask your pediatrician at your next visit or call to schedule a time for your child to receive the flu vaccine.