Hit the Flu Before it Hits You - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Hit the Flu Before it Hits You

With flu season fast approaching, health experts say it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Flu vaccines are available now and recommended for anyone 6 months or older.

That’s especially true for parents, teachers and day-care providers who have frequent contact with kids, according to Cincinnati Children’s pediatrician Amy Guiot.

“The people who usually get the flu are the kids, and then they give it to the adults,” said Guiot.

People between 2 and 49 years of age who don’t have asthma can be vaccinated for the three influenza viruses expected this season by nasal spray, she said. Anyone 18 or older can receive the vaccine via a tiny, intradermal needle that is less painful than the shot toddlers and some children are administered, according to Guiot.

“It’s never too early to get your shot because the flu can happen anytime,” she said. “Get it now because it takes two weeks to take effect, and that would be early October – the start of flu season.”

Flu outbreaks are unpredictable and can be severe.  Flu deaths over the past 30 years have ranged from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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