Flu shots, are they needed?
Prevention of influenza is now quite a popular phenomenon. However, costly. It would seem that modern medicines help with a stretch, or even completely, until it comes to antibiotics, the disease will continue to develop.
Any disease has a worse effect on children than on adults. And catching the virus is much easier for them than for adults, since children’s immunity is much weaker and needs to be strengthened. Since childhood, some doctors insist on flu shots, but is it true that it helps?
What is the danger of flu?
Influenza is a disease familiar to everyone since childhood. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to complications. And every second person falls under his influence. This disease adversely affects the immune system, in addition gives unpleasant, if not terrible, complications. The most dangerous and most serious complication is pneumonia. It develops through the active reproduction of bacteria, which occurs at a critical stage of the disease. Influenza also leads to complications such as sinusitis, frontal sinusitis, otitis media. But these are not the worst complications. A critical stage can also be fatal.
The child’s body is easily exposed to such a sore as the flu. Accordingly, the possibility of complications in babies is very high. Of course, they need to be vaccinated, since vaccination gives a greater chance to defend against the virus and significantly reduce the percentage of complications. But whether to do it or not is up to the parents.
What you need to know before vaccination?
We are constantly haunted by the rumor that vaccination against influenza can have both a negative effect and vice versa. They hear about this from friends, acquaintances, relatives. It is worth remembering that the child’s reaction to vaccination can be different. And the point is not even in the quality of the vaccine, but in the attitude of the parents to what needs to be vaccinated, in that they stubbornly do not listen to the advice of doctors.
All actions should first be discussed with your doctor. You should remember the importance of the fact that the vaccine should be done in the autumn, preferably September. If you do this later, then the immune system does not have time to form and the vaccine will not work properly. First of all, you just need to consult a doctor, check for an allergic reaction and talk with a child who will prepare him for a small test in the form of pain. This is not the most pleasant vaccine.
In kindergartens and schools, vaccinations do everything to the group / class. If the child does not have any contraindications, then it is worth doing it together with everyone. This will increase efficiency. At school age, vaccination is easier and complications are minimal. Have your doctor see you first. For the full effect, the whole family should be vaccinated. Do not load the body of the child during a period of weakened immunity. It happens that a child becomes ill after a flu shot. In most cases, this is due to the fault of the parents, who neglect the advice: minimize communication and workload within three days after vaccination.
Allergy to one of the components in vaccination.
Fever, acute infection.
Exacerbation of chronic diseases.
If there is an antigen in the preparation, an allergy to chicken protein is possible.
Possible consequences of a flu shot:
Perhaps a temperature increase within a couple of days by 2-3 degrees.
Redness of the throat and friability of the tonsils.
Symptoms of a cold, but quite rare (Rarely. Most often in children with chronic diseases.)
Redness at the injection site, slight swelling.
Unpleasant sensations, allergic reaction, fatigue, muscle pain.
Some of the drugs are well tolerated, but there is a risk. Therefore, during the introduction of vaccination and after it, you should remain under the supervision of a doctor for at least 30 minutes.
Symptoms go away on their own in a short period of time. If the temperature rises by more than 2 ° C, it is necessary to use an antipyretic. In the case of an allergic reaction, antihistamines can be used.