Did you know many infants and children need to receive influenza vaccine every year?

Well they do, and that’s why we ask all parents to make sure to bring their children in to be immunized this fall.  

No parent wants to see his or her child sick, especially with a serious disease like influenza, also called the “flu,” which is often more serious than vomiting or diarrhea. 

Children 6-23 months of age have the same chance of being hospitalized with complications from influenza as their grandparents do.  “Influenza also threatens the health of children who have serious medical problems, like asthma and diabetes.  Vaccination is the best way to help protect your child from influenza.

Health officials recommend immunization for infants and children at risk for problems related to influenza.  These high-risk groups are:

  • All children 6-23 months of age
  • Children with serious medical problems, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
  • Children taking immunosuppressive drugs, steroids or aspirin therapy

Any person who is in close contact with children under 2 years of age or with children who have serious medical problems should get vaccinated against influenza each year to prevent spreading the infection to these children.  This includes parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, and any caregivers.

The Abington Pediatric physicians advocate that your child needs to be immunized against the influenza virus every year.  “Parents need to know last year’s influenza vaccine won’t protect their children this year.”

It is not possible to get influenza from the injectable influenza vaccine, because the vaccine is made with inactivated, or killed, virus.   The best time to schedule an influenza immunization for your child is in October and November to ensure protection before the influenza season begins.   Timing is particularly important for children 6 months to 9 years of age who have never been immunized with influenza vaccine, as they will need two doses one month apart to make sure they are fully protected. 

To have your child vaccinated against influenza, please register and request an appointment on our patient portal, or call our office at (215) 884-8009.  You can also learn more about influenza by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Web site at Center for Disease Control and Prevention.