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Don't Wait! Vaccinate for the Flu - Pediatrics

In just a few weeks, we will be in the midst of flu season. “It’s very unpredictable you don’t know,” said Dr. Peddade Silva, a pediatrician with Lee Health. It causes thousands of deaths each year. Doctors say when it comes to the flu, don’t wait to vaccinate! “If you have the flu you’re out for a week. And then usually what happens, is because it’s very contagious, is the rest of the family gets it,” said Dr. Silva. Children as young as six months old can get the flu vaccine. For children under six months, doctors encourage everyone else in the home to be vaccinated. “This year the nasal flu will be out again. It’s been approved for use this year. It is recommended to get the flu vaccine,” she said. Flu symptoms can last between three and five days and include fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue. “They get sick very quickly, and they get a high fever, and they are very cranky and fussy,” said Dr. Silva. If children get the flu vaccine but still get the flu, doctors say the symptoms are less severe, and the recovery is faster. “The kids who are going away to college, I tell them you better get your flu shot. Parents, you bug them until they get the flu shot,” she said. It’s also important to make sure kids are washing their hands and not sharing food. “Don’t share drinks. Don’t eat after your friends. You want them to be nice and socializing, but again in flu season it’s not a great idea,” said Dr. Silva. Many parents worry that giving a child the flu vaccine will actually give their child the virus, but doctors say no. The vaccine is not live, so it helps children create antibodies which build their immune system. The best way to keep your child protected this flu season. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit