A few days ago I received an update from Shot of Prevention’s blog discussing a new influenza immunization policy for preschool children in the state of New York. A few hours later I got an email from my son’s teacher informing me that out of a class of 13 children, 4 had come down with the flu. Now I don’t know if these children got their flu shot, but I do know that my child, who has been vaccinated, has been in close contact with his classmates and has stayed healthy! Not to mention my husband and I and our other two children have also side stepped the flu thanks to the vaccine. All that to say…the flu vaccine is doing its job in the Bethea house!
Kids need their flu shots! It’s so important. I love my kids, but let’s get real. Children are a breeding ground for germs. I’ve seen it first-hand…it starts with the snotty nose they wipe with their hands, then it’s onto the crayons they then pick up and use before passing it off to their friend. Kids are bound to get sick. No child is safe. You can use all the Lysol and bleach in the world, but kids are CONSTANTLY producing and spreading their germs to everyone around them. That’s why it is so important that children aged six months and older get their flu shot to protect themselves and those around them. Did you know that 169 children died from the flu last year? While some of these children may have had a medical history that put them at a higher risk of complications from the flu, healthy children and teens accounted for almost half of all childhood flu related deaths.
My seven month old was actually the last person in our family to be fully vaccinated against the flu. Since this is her first time receiving the shot she required a second booster dose to be fully vaccinated. The second dose is administered 28 days after the initial dose so for almost a month we had to wait and hope that she could avoid the flu. I literally cringed every time I heard about someone we knew that had the flu. I would go back in my mind and try to think if she had had any contact with them. It is such a comforting feeling to know that now my whole family is protected.
There really is no place in the world where you are 100% protected from the flu. As I said, there are germs all around us so vaccination is the best way to ensure the health and safety of your family. Don’t wait any longer. Go out and get your flu shot. Get your kid’s their flu shot. It’s not worth waiting…