The best way to protect against the flu and its potential health-threatening complications is for your child to receive the flu vaccine. Vaccination is recommended annually for all children aged six months and older who do not have any contraindication to the vaccine.
Some minor side effects of the injectable flu vaccine include temporary local soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Rarely, some children may develop a fever or body aches that can last for one or two days. As a parent, it is imperative to understand that the vaccine cannot cause the flu as it contains inactivated (dead) influenza virus; your child is not going to be sick because he received the vaccine.
Although vaccination is the most effective way to fight off the flu, making healthy choices at school can also play an additional role in protecting your child from the flu. Teach your child to wash his hands properly and regularly, especially before eating his lunch and after using the bathroom. Remind him to wash his hands after sneezing or coughing or to use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into his elbow so that the germs do not end up on his hands. Last but never least, remind your child not to share his personal items, especially drinking cups or water bottles.
It is difficult to predict who will catch the flu, but vaccination remains the most effective and safe tool to reduce the probability of your child getting sick with the flu.
At the Dubai London Clinic and Speciality Hospital, our paediatricians pride themselves on providing compassionate and comprehensive preventative and therapeutic services to all children from birth through adolescence within a warm and child-friendly environment.
We wish your splendid child a successful, thriving, and healthy academic year.
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