Millions of children get the flu each year, and many of them are at risk of severe complications. The team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California believe the best approach to the flu is prevention. They offer convenient flu shot appointments to help keep your kids healthy year-round. For children who do get sick, they offer same-day appointments and flu tests with same-day results. Call to schedule an appointment for a seasonal flu shot or book online.
The seasonal flu shot, or influenza vaccine, protects children and adults from the germs that cause the flu. When your child gets the flu shot, it takes about two weeks to prime their immune system to develop antibodies against the flu germs, which help your child’s body fight back if they are exposed to the flu.
Having the flu is miserable for kids and adults of all ages, but young children are even more likely than others to experience complications. Kids under five and those with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions who get the flu can end up in the hospital or even suffer life-threatening complications.
The flu shot is an essential form of protection for children and infants. Not only do flu shots help keep your kids healthy, but they also help to prevent the spread of the flu in your community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every infant, child, and adult should get their seasonal flu shot, starting from six months of age.
For best results, your child should get their flu shot before the start of the season, which begins in late October. It takes two weeks for the full effects of the shot to kick in and provide full protection.
Children should get a seasonal flu shot every year. The strains of flu circulating can change, so the vaccine formula is often not the same from year to year.
Flu shots protect against many strains of influenza, but not all of them. As a result, getting the flu shot significantly reduces your child’s risk of becoming ill, but may not prevent the flu entirely. If your child does become sick during flu season, the flu shot may at least help make the symptoms less severe.
The team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens also offers flu testing with same-day results, so they can start treatment right away, if necessary. The physicians can also see siblings, too, if you have multiple sick children.
If you suspect your child has the flu, call Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens for a same-day sick visit or book an appointment online.