And just like that, as we turn the corner into Fall, flu season is right there waiting—waiting to bring you days of misery, fever, congestion and fatigue. According to the CDC, flu cases usually spark up in October with peak activity occurring in December through March.
Every year, health officials advise people to get vaccinated for the flu in the earliest part of the fall season—and this year is no different. But this year, doctors are advising against a particular form of vaccination—the FluMist.
Opposed to the traditional inoculation, which is admistered as a shot, the FluMist is a nasal administered spray designed to protect against this year’s predicted strains of the influenza virus. Yet, this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics is warning parents against the FluMist for their children because of its ineffectiveness in past years.
So children, who are probably most frightented by shots, are out of that option this year as many medical care centers are refusing to even carry the mist. Doctors are advising all children ages 6 months and older to get the traditional flu shot this year.
BMWK, who is getting their flu shot this year? Parents, do you have any tips on preparing your young children for shots?