Flu mist and flu shots are available and are highly recommended for the whole family! Please call 512.451.5161 for an appointment today.
The “flu” is the illness caused by the influenza virus. It causes the symptoms of fever, muscle aches, headache, cough, and sore throat. Vomiting and diarrhea are most likely from a stomach virus and not the influenza virus that causes respiratory illness.
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications each year and about 36,000 people die from the flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at highest risk for serious flu complications.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When should my child get a flu shot?
The best time is early fall (Mid September – November)
Who can get flu mist?
Children over the age of 2 years are eligible for the mist. It is given to healthy children who do not have a history of asthma or reactive airway disease.
Who should NOT get a flu shot?
Children who are allergic to eggs should not receive a flu shot.
Will my child get influenza from the flu vaccine?
No, the injected vaccine cannot give your child influenza. The influenza vaccine is made from killed or “dead” viruses. This means your child cannot get influenza from receiving a flu shot.
Who should get a flu shot?
– All children over 6 months of age to 5 years of age are at highest risk of severe or fatal pneumonia caused by the influenza virus.
– Older children with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, lung disorders, liver disease, sickle cell disease, or immunosuppressive conditions are also at high risk.
– Children who live in the same house with a child under 6 months of age should be immunized.
– The recommendations for the 2008-2009 flu season expanded to also include all children under the age of 18 years, as to help prevent the spread of the influenza virus in communities.
Can parents and other family member receive their flu shot from you?
Yes, we are able to provide flu shots or flu mist for family members of our patients.
For more information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/flu