Do My Kids Need the Flu Shot Every Year?

It can seem like a constant battle to keep your kids healthy at this time of year. RSV, COVID-19, strep throat and the flu are all circulating right now, and your children will come into contact with them at some point at school, on the bus or while out and about.

While avoiding illness entirely is not possible, taking preventive steps now can help them stay healthier throughout the season. Getting your annual flu shot is one of those steps!

Stop by AFC Urgent Care Hixson with your whole family for your annual flu shots any day of the week. We explain the importance of getting your flu shot below, so read on to learn more.

Why Should My Kids Get Vaccinated?

The flu is a viral infection that can cause serious symptoms in certain populations. Small children and older adults are disproportionately affected by the flu and can experience serious respiratory distress, high fevers and a severe cough. The flu shot can help prevent all that!

The flu shot is reformulated each year to provide the best protection against the current circulating strains. Even if your entire family got vaccinated last year, you are probably not immune to the current strains that are circulating in the Hixson area. This year’s flu shot can help you develop the antibodies your children need before they even get sick.

Top 5 Influenza Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion
  • Body aches
  • Cough

Does the Flu Shot Prevent Illness Entirely?

While the flu shot is a great tool to help your children stay healthy, it is not 100% effective at stopping the flu. Breakthrough cases do still happen, but the flu shot still has benefits even if they do get sick. The shot can control symptoms and reduce the amount of days that your children are sick. It can take a serious infection and turn it into a mild situation that only lasts a couple of days!

If your children do still get sick this season, keep them home from school and encourage lots of rest. Offer fluids and healthy foods that agree with their stomachs, and make sure they are getting as much sleep as possible. Most cases of the flu fade away within a week or less.

Why Flu Shots for the Entire Family Are Important

  • They reduce serious respiratory illness.
  • They are updated every year for the best protection.
  • They could save your life.
  • They protect your family from exposure and our community from large outbreaks.

If you are wondering if your recent illness is the flu, come see us at AFC Urgent Care Hixson.