When you or your children are sick with the flu, you risk missing work, missing school, and missing important life events. Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine, vaccinating your children, and encouraging others to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are gearing up for the flu season. Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and peaks between December and February. Georgia is already seeing moderate flu activity, but it’s not too late to get protected against the flu!
Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. Flu vaccines, including the nasal spray flu vaccine, have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you.
Did you know?
Did you know that if your children are between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old, they may need two doses of flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends that children in that age range— whether getting a flu vaccine for the first time or who having gotten only one dose of flu vaccine previously— get two doses of the flu vaccine. If your child needs two doses, be sure to begin this process early to ensure your child is protected before flu activity begins in your community.
All children who have previously gotten two doses of flu vaccine (at any time) only need one dose of flu vaccine this season.
Talk to your child’s health care professional about this season’s flu vaccine, and learn more about which flu vaccine is right for your child on the CDC’s website.