With COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for kids to get the flu vaccine.
It’s likely that both flu and COVID-19 viruses will be spreading at the same time this fall and winter, making it more important than ever that your child gets their flu vaccine. The vaccine will help prevent them and their loved ones from getting a serious flu illness or flu-related complications.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that all children get a flu vaccine. Children under 5 years old and especially under 2 years old are at greatest risk for developing flu related complications like pneumonia, ear infection, sinus infection and death. Children with compromised immune systems and asthma are especially vulnerable.
Every year we see too many kids suffer from the very serious illness commonly called ‘The Flu’. When their kids are sick, parents take time away from work, children miss valuable school time, and there’s a serious risk of complications. Kids can also spread influenza to their loved ones, which puts them at risk of serious illness or complications, especially if they have underlying health conditions.
THE FLU VACCINE
COPA offers the injectable flu vaccine for eligible ages that protects against four different strains determined to most likely impact the U.S. this year. Even if you contract a strain of virus that is not included in the vaccine, your symptoms will be far less severe and recovery times quicker due to you receiving the flu vaccine.
The injectable flu vaccine contains an inactivated flu virus that cannot give you the flu and there is no mercury in the vaccine formula. Most people with egg allergies can still get the shot, but you need to talk with your pediatrician if your child has a history of allergies. Some children may not be eligible based on their previous health history with other conditions, so please talk to your primary care pediatrician about any concerns.
In Oregon, local pharmacies will not give the flu vaccine to children under the age of 7. When you’re a COPA patient, your best experience is to get your flu vaccine at one of our frequent flu clinics.
COPA also offers the nasal spray FluMist Quadrivalent which is a live attenuated virus that offers protection from the flu and strengthens the immune system against other respiratory illnesses.
IT’S A QUICK APPOINTMENT
At COPA, getting your flu vaccine is a fast 10-minute visit, and some appointments are available without even having to enter the waiting room. Plus, all the kids in the family can get their vaccines at the same time! Most insurance plans cover the vaccine, but if you have any questions about billing, just give us a call.
To schedule your appointment at one of our upcoming flu clinics, call 541-389-6313.