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Autumn has arrived, winter is very close, and as we all know These are the times when we are most exposed to the flu virus. Many parents write to us asking if it is necessary to vaccinate their children, since they can not only get the flu, but also transmit it.
The flu vaccine is not included in the vaccination schedule for children. It is indicated only for those who suffer from a chronic disease such as asthma, rheumatism, and heart problems, which could be complicated if they contract the flu, and as long as the child is not less than six months old, does not have a fever, is not allergic to the egg, and is not being treated with corticosteroids.
In which cases or situations parents should take their children for the flu shot:
- If the child has just put the triple bacterial vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), you will have to wait a week for your flu shot. If a parent is in doubt about whether or not their child should take the vaccine, it is best to discuss this with the child's pediatrician.
- The flu vaccine applies once a year, and its effect is temporary. Last year's vaccine no longer works to prevent the flu this year.
- Seven or eight out of 10 vaccinated do not get the flu, while the rest only suffer one slight infection.
- The vaccine may or may not cause a slight fever, headache and some alteration in the area where it was applied. These effects usually last one to two days.
- In addition to people with chronic disease, children who are receiving long-term aspirin treatment, as well as pregnant women if they are at high risk of flu-related complications, should be vaccinated before the flu season, and during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
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