At Kids First Pediatrics of Raleigh and Clayton, we want to help ensure the health and well-being of your children. One of the most effective ways to safeguard your child's health is by staying updated on the latest medical recommendations and guidelines. At Kids First, we follow The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for the 2023-24 flu season.
The Impact of Influenza on Children:
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. While it can affect people of all ages, children are particularly susceptible to the flu's severe consequences. Influenza can lead to serious complications, including hospitalization and, in some cases, even death. That's why it is crucial to take proactive measures to protect your little ones.
The AAP's Recommendations for the 2023-24 Flu Season:
The AAP emphasizes the importance of annual flu vaccinations for all eligible children, aged 6 months and older
Early Vaccination: Vaccinating early provides the best protection, as it takes about two weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. The CDC suggests that September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine, now available at both Kids First locations.
High-Risk Groups: Children with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or compromised immune systems, are at a higher risk of flu-related complications. The AAP strongly encourages vaccination for these children.
Booster Shots: For those who received two doses of the flu vaccine in the previous season but have not yet received a booster dose in the current season, the AAP advises doing so. Booster doses help maintain immunity throughout the flu season.
Benefits of an Annual Flu Vaccination for Children:
Prevent Serious Illness: Annual flu vaccination significantly reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death in children.
Protect Others: Vaccinating your child also helps protect those who are more vulnerable to flu-related complications, such as infants, the elderly, and individuals with chronic health conditions.
Reduce School Absences: By preventing flu outbreaks in schools, vaccination can reduce the number of sick days your child and their classmates may need to take.
At Kids First, we wholeheartedly endorse the AAP's recommendations for the 2023-24 flu season. Your child's health and well-being are our top priorities, and getting them vaccinated against the flu is one of the most effective ways to keep them safe. Our flu clinic is now open Monday- Friday from 8 AM- 5 PM in Raleigh and Clayton and on Saturdays from 9 AM -12 PM in Raleigh, by appointment only. Call to book: Raleigh: (919) 250-3478, Clayton: (919) 267-1499.
Together, we can work towards a healthier, flu-free future for your children.
*This article is informational, but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.