Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from Touchpoint!
Q: Should my child receive a flu vaccine this year?
A: The Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and our pediatricians do recommend that all people 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every fall. This advice is especially important for children at high risk for influenza complications, such as children below age 5, and any child with a chronic medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes. It is also especially important for household contacts of newborn babies to be vaccinated, since these babies are too young to be vaccinated themselves.
Q: Does the flu vaccine contain the preservative thimerosal?
A: No, all the formulations of flu vaccines that we have in our office are thimerosal-free.
Q: Is it possible to get the flu from the flu vaccine?
A: No. The side effects from the flu shot, if any, are generally mild soreness at the site of injection, and occasionally mild fever for a day or two.
Flu shots do not prevent the flu- but they dramatically reduce the risk of dying from the flu or infecting a medically fragile contact.
For more information and to schedule your flu shot: