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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants parents to know that the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine.
Every year before school begins I get my vaccine. With over 1,100 students at my school it is very important to protect myself from all of the sneezing and coughing kiddos. At home we teach the importance of hygiene. We have trained our boys how to properly wash their hands, while singing the ABC song, and how to cover up their sneezes using the crook of the arm instead of using their hands.
Did you know that the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older? Well, you can test your knowledge out at the CDC site here. I would highly recommend taking the quiz.
Here is some great information concerning the flu and how it relates to parents and to women who are pregnant:
- To protect against the flu, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
- Ask your child’s doctor when they expect flu vaccines to be available in their office, and schedule an appointment for flu vaccination.
- It’s especially important that young children and children with long-term health conditions (like asthma, diabetes or disorders of the brain or nervous system) get vaccinated. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications (like pneumonia) if they get the flu.
- The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
- CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu: annual vaccination, everyday preventive actions, and use of antiviral drugs to treat flu, if your doctor prescribes them.
- Visit the CDC site for more helpful information.
- Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant.
- Millions of pregnant women have safely received flu shots for many years.
- Babies younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu vaccine. To protect these babies from getting the flu, their mothers should get the flu shot during pregnancy.
- A flu shot during pregnancy protects both mom and baby (up to 6 months of age) from flu.
- Pregnant women can safely receive a flu shot during any trimester of pregnancy.
- People have several options in terms of where they can get vaccinated and the type of influenza vaccine to choose (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant.). Click this map to find locations offering flu vaccines near you.
Check out this quick video about families and the flu:
Does your family get annual flu shots?