Should your child get a flu shot?
The flu can be very dangerous and young children are at the highest risk of getting it. The flu spreads when someone with the flu coughs and sneezes. The virus is in the air and anyone breathing can get infected. The virus can also be on surfaces such as toys and when your child touches that surface and puts her hands to her nose, eyes or mouth she can become infected.
The symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Fever — as high as 103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
- Muscle and body aches
If you think your child has the flu, contact your childs’ doctor right away. Treating the symptoms early can prevent serious complications.
Babies younger than 6 months should not get the flu shot. But parents, family members and caretakers should to reduce the risk of they getting it and passing on to baby.
October to May is flu season. Babies older than 6 months should receive the flu shot every year.