Parents remain skeptical of flu shot

Research results encourage pregnant women to ...

Flu shots are a family tradition for Dr. Chris Sikora-and he wants them to be for other Albertans, too.

Mary Anderson, manager of infection prevention at Edward Hospital in Naperville, said the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children and adults get vaccinated before the end of October.

"We got our older boys vaccinated, but my husband and I didn't worry about getting ourselves vaccinated", Moise said.

In 2003, Moise's 6-and-a-half-month-old son Ian died from flu complications. Again, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in, and people often get the vaccination during cold and flu season.

On the positive side of things, 68 per cent of parents believed that the flu vaccine was the best way to prevent their children from getting the flu.

The actual viruses that go into the vaccine are dictated by research that suggests they'll be the most common during the upcoming season, the CDC explains. That was the most the state had experienced in three years.

Last flu season was the deadliest in 40 years, with 900,000 hospitalized and 80,000 killed, according to the CDC.

Although there might be adverse side effects of flu shots, they are often mild and do not cause concern.

The time to get the flu vaccine is now. Plus, a child in Florida has already died from the flu.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro is all smiles after receiving her flu shot Tuesday.

Taking a pass on the flu shot could mean passing on the virus and the risk to others, Lambton Public Health says. "That has indeed impacted delivery for all types of vaccines, but flu mist is one of those and we are certainly seeing those delays".

Still, the "biggest message", said Webby, who is a member of the World Health Organization's flu vaccine composition group, is vaccination.

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