Influenza

When it comes to the Flu (Influenza) Protect Yourself – Immunize.

The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year. Our local health district is not any different. The flu knows no boundaries. Immunizations for influenza begin traditionally in the fall prior to the “flu season.” In the United States, flu season occurs in the winter; flu outbreaks can happen as early as October and can last as late as May. CDC says the flu season begins when certain key flu indicators (for example, levels of influenza-like illness [ILI], hospitalization and deaths) rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks.

Why should my family get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine:

  • Protects your child and family members from flu, a potentially serious illness
  • Prevents your child and family members from spreading the flu to others, including
    babies younger than 6 months who are too young to get the vaccine
  • Keeps your child from missing school or childcare (and keeps you from missing work to care for your child)

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Yes. Flu vaccines are safe. Flu vaccines have been used in the
United States for more than 50 years. During that time, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received seasonal flu vaccines. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects, but, most people who get the flu vaccine have no side effects at all.

What are the side effects?

Most children don’t have any side effects from the vaccine, but it can cause mild side effects. For example, people vaccinated with the flu shot may feel achy and may have a sore arm where the shot was given.