This year, contagious respiratory viruses have swept the country earlier than expected, with outbreaks in late summer reaching numbers not typically seen until winter months. With influenza season around the corner,
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is urging families everywhere to get vaccinated as soon as possible to be protected from the flu virus this year.
“The flu vaccine gives families the best chance of preventing the flu,” says Andi Shane, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “While [habits] like washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and limiting exposure to other ill persons can help, getting immunized against flu is the best thing that everyone can do to prevent infections from the virus,” says Dr. Shane.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of children who were hospitalized with flu last season (2013/2014) were not vaccinated. “Children should see their pediatrician to get immunized against flu,” continues Dr. Shane. “The pediatrician is a great resource to help determine which vaccination is right for each family.”