Getting vaccinated is more than just protecting yourself

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Getting vaccinated is more than just protecting yourself

Flu season is in full swing, which means you and your children need a flu shot. The influenza vaccination is the best way to reduce your chances of getting sick, and it is even more important that young children are inoculated.

Complications That Can Arise From the Flu

The flu is much different than the common cold. Numerous symptoms can occur as a result of not getting vaccinated. They include:

  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe fatigue
  • The chills
  • Extreme fever over 104° Fahrenheit
  • General body aches

Protecting Others

Getting vaccinated is more than just protecting yourself. It is also about protecting others who are unable to receive a shot. Babies younger than six months cannot be vaccinated but are still susceptible to all the ravages of influenza. Additionally, people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, lung disease, and asthma will experience more severe complications if they are exposed to the virus.

When to Get Flu Shots

You and your children should get vaccinated before flu season actually starts. It is recommended to get immunized around October. It takes a couple weeks for the effects of the vaccination to settle in. This will leave you prepared in time for December, which is a peak time to get the flu.

Schedule an Appointment With an Experienced Pediatrician

When it comes to the health of you, your children and others, never leave it up to chance. Call the office of Dr. Alfonso J. Henriquez at 561-275-7100 to schedule your influenza vaccination.