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Protect Your Kids: Get the Vaccine, Not the Flu

kid receiving a shot

This year’s flu season is one of the worst on record, and has already claimed the lives of 37 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why it’s so important for your child to get the flu vaccine. In fact, pediatricians recommend that children as young as 6 months old be vaccinated annually.

The influenza virus is highly contagious, so be aware of the symptoms, which include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Cough and congestion
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

If you suspect your child may be sick with the flu, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. For a list of Baton Rouge General primary care physicians, click here.

During flu season (now through April), do your part to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough. (It’s best to cough into the crook of your arm rather than your hand.)
  • Stay home from school or work if you’re sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.