What you need to know about FluMist® effectiveness this year.
For the 2018-2019 flu season, the CDC recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. Your local CareNow Urgent Care clinic can provide your annual flu shot for just $20 from September 3 through December 2, 2018. And it doesn't necessarily have to be a shot. This year, unlike the previous two, FluMist — the nasal spray version of the flu shot — is back and better than ever. But even though FluMist is effective at preventing this year's strains of flu, it's not recommended for everyone.
Who can get FluMist nasal spray instead of a flu shot?
For FluMist nasal spray vaccines, CDC recommendations include:
- YES to FluMist
- Non-pregnant individuals, 2 through 49 years of age
- NO to FluMist
- Pregnant women
- Children under 2 and adults 50 and over
- People with weakened immune systems or chronic health issues
- Children 2 to 4 years old with asthma or history of wheezing (all people with asthma should check with their healthcare provider)
Always check with your doctor if you're not sure which vaccine to get.
Helping children overcome a fear of needles.
Since 2010, the CDC estimates that between 140,000 and 710,00 adults and children have been hospitalized each year from the flu. So it's really important that everyone in the family get vaccinated. But it's not always easy to get get everyone on board with the plan. CareNow offers these tips for taking the sting out of shots.
- Be honest. If your child asks, tell them that they are going to get a shot and that it may hurt, but only for a short time.
- Don't make a big deal out of it. Only bring it up if they ask, and even then, keep your dialogue short and sweet. The more you talk about it — even reassuringly — the more anxious your child will be.
- Provide a distraction. While the shot is being administered, talk to your child, squeeze her hand, tell a story or sing a favorite song. (If your child is screaming and has to be held down by three people, this will be ineffective, but it may distract you long enough to get through the ordeal.)
- Know when to step back. As noted above, screaming tantrums are a signal to step away and let the professionals do their job.
- Comfort your child afterward. Sitting quietly or rocking for a few minutes, placing an ice pack on the injection site or administering children's pain relief medication may help your child feel better.
- Offer a reward. A small incentive, such as a lollipop or sticker, can help children destress after a shot.
Other things you can do to help avoid the flu.
Make sure everyone knows how to correctly wash their hands.
Teach kids the right way to cough and sneeze.
Know when your child should is too sick and should stay home from school or day care.
Check out more tips for spotting sick kids and when they should stay home from school or day care at our pregnancy blog on WeDeliverDreams.
We hope all your flu shots are painless and effective, but if the flu goes askew, one of our many Medical City Healthcare emergency locations has you covered. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most.
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