The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is stressing that parents bring their children aged 6 months and up to receive a flu shot. Small children are especially susceptible to influenza.
Recent studies have shown that these young children are even more prone to catching the flu than the elderly, a fact commonly thought to be reversed. Parents and day care workers are also advised at getting the vaccine as well. This will help protect kids and is called “cocooning.”
The AAP states:
“The concept of cocooning is particularly important to help protect infants less than 6 months of age because they are too young to be immunized with influenza vaccine.”
This practice doesn’t just help protect infants and young children from the flu – it helps prevent it from spreading into large groups of people as well.
Children was asthma, diabetes, weak immune systems or neurological problems are all at high risk as well as women who are pregnant, just delivered, or breastfeeding.
Yearly immunization is stronly recommended because the flu virus mutates with each passing year. Immunizing yourself and children as soon as possible is advised.
There are several flu clinics coming up in Wellesley:
– Walk-In Clinic – Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 9 am to 3 pm – seniors 65+ – Wellesley Hills Congregational Church (pregnant women/those with compromised immune systems also welcome)
– Walk-In Clinic Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (volunteers can do both shifts)
Shift #1 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Shift #2 4:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Dinner-snack will be served
-Walk-In Clinic – Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 8:15 am – 1:15 pm
Breakfast will be served