Flu Season and Your Student

posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in  Parent Newsletter

The flu vaccine is important for your student. The flu virus is common and unpredictable, and it can cause serious complications and death, even in healthy children, adolescents, and adults. Talk to your student about the importance of a flu shot. Now is the time your student should be vaccinated. Influenza vaccine shipments have already begun, and will continue through the fall and winter. Talk to your student about visiting their doctor or local pharmacy for the flu shot. This year's flu vaccine is only available as a shot. Influenza inactivated vaccine is given by intramuscular injection and is approved for children 6 months of age and older. The flu shot is to protect against “Influenza” not stomach flu. Many people think the flu shot is to protect against the stomach flu when actually it is short for Influenza, a respiratory illness.

Your student cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are made from killed viruses. Mild symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and chills, can occur. If your child catches the flu and they have been vaccinated, they will get a milder form of the disease. We know that flu vaccines are about 60% effective--yes, we all wish that number were higher. The good news is that vaccinated people who get the flu usually get a mild form of the disease. The influenza vaccine is safe. A robust body of research continues to show that the influenza vaccine is safe. Share the information. Our clinic can provide your student with a list of pharmacies that provide the flu shot. Encourage your student to stop in to the Hawkeye Student Health Clinic, located in the HESC Building, left door.

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