Riley Hospital for Children Flu-related Visitor Restrictions

The flu season is off to an early and strong start. Flu activity has been reported as widespread in at least 46 states, including Indiana. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is currently restricting visitors to protect patients and prevent further spreading. Learn more.

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5 Facts About Kids and Flu Vaccines

Cold and flu season is quickly approaching. While you may have stocked up on hand sanitizer and chicken soup, it’s also important to make sure you schedule flu vaccinations for yourself, and also for your children. If you are wary of getting flu vaccinations for your kids, don’t worry. Flu vaccines aren’t just safe for most kids- they are a powerful tool for keeping kids healthy throughout the winter. Here are five facts about kids and flu vaccines:

  1. Young children are particularly vulnerable to influenza. According to the Center for Disease Control, children under five years old are at high risk for getting the flu, and severe flu complications are most common in kids under two years old.
  2. Kids over six months old can and should get the flu vaccine. Very few children are too young to get vaccinated. If your child is older than six months, per the CDC, they can get the flu vaccine. After six months, kids should get vaccinated before cold and flu season each year.
  3. The flu vaccine changes each year. Flu vaccines are changed each year to protect kids from ever-changing flu viruses. Researchers determine which strains of flu they think will be most common each year, and change the vaccine that’s distributed to attempt to counter those strains.
  4. Most people should get the flu vaccine. While a small number of people do experience symptoms like mild discomfort after getting vaccinated, most people should get an annual flu vaccine. Besides children under six months of age, if your child has an egg allergy, you should consult with your doctor about getting him or her vaccinated. Flu vaccines are created using eggs and may trigger allergies.
  5. Nasal spray vaccine may be right for your child. There is a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine that may be right for some people- including kids under two years of age. Talk to your doctor about whether or not this version of the vaccine might be appropriate for your kids.

If you have questions or concerns about flu vaccines, always talk to your primary care physician. 

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