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Does My Child Need a Flu Shot?

( [email protected] ) Nov 07, 2003 04:12 PM EST

It is a must to immunize children with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, allergies, cystic fibrosis, asthma or diabetes because they are most at risk of serious complications from the flu. "Vaccinate any child who would have problems if he or she were to come down with the flu," says Dr. Alan Organ, a pediatrician in Overland Park, Kansas. Before you immunize your child for the flu this winter season, there are a few things you should know.



Kids Who Shouldn't Get Flu Shots



It is not recommended to get flu shots for childen who…



· Normally can withstand cold weather.


· Are sensitive to egg protein


· Develop allergic reactions to other shots


· Are receiving standard immunization already


· Are currently ill from other diesease and advised to wait a few weeks



Side Effects of Flu Shots



Mild



· a slight temperature under 101 degrees


· headache,


· aches and sores at site of shot.



Severe



· seizures


· a high temperature


· vomiting


· convulsions



Fighting Flu without Vaccine



· Handwash with soap especially before eating.


· Avoid sharing food and drinks with others even those in the family.


· Sleeping well at times can help the immune system naturally defend the body without vaccines.


· Having a diet with lots fruits and vegetables such as yellow squash, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, will protect the mucous membranes of the lungs and digestive tract.


· Vitamin C tablets will also help the immune system.



Getting a flu shot may be seem like the safest way to avoid an flu-spoiled winter but it is best to consult your doctor about the best option for your children.