Friday, October 12, 2012

How to Choose Between FluMist or the Flu Shot for Your Child

While the flu is commonly regarded as little more than a severe cold, the truth of the matter is that influenza complications can be serious or even life-threatening, especially for children.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that severe flu complications are most common in children under two years of age, and that an average of 20,000 children under five years old are hospitalized each year as a result of those complications. And, unfortunately, each year influenza complications result in death for some children.

The gravity of the issue causes medical professionals to strongly recommend that children receive an annual influenza vaccination to provide them with immunity against the illness, with the CDC’s official stance being that everyone over the age of six months should receive a flu shot. There is an alternative to the flu shot on the market now, sold under the name FluMist. While FluMist is not an ideal choice for everyone, it can be an effective, needle-free means of vaccination against influenza.

There are, however, some key points to consider before making the decision to use FluMist in lieu of a traditional flu shot. For a discussion on this issue by BabysittingJobs Dotcom, please click here.

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