everything you need to know about the 2015 fluSniffly, achy, flu season is upon us. Keep your family healthy and flu free this winter with the 2015-2016 influenza vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics along with the Centers for Disease Control recommend that children 6 months and older receive the influenza immunization.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2015 flu and vaccine.

It’s Essential The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect children against the flu. While the flu is common throughout the winter, it can be unpredictable and have numerous complications in children. Choosing not to vaccinate your child doesn’t only jeopardize their health, but the health of those around them. 5 to 20 percent of the population contracts the flu yearly. Last year alone 145 children died from the flu.

Vaccinate Early Don’t wait until you or your children have fallen victim to the flu to get the immunization. Flu shots are available throughout the fall and winter. Visit your local doctor’s office, pharmacy, or public health department to receive the influenza vaccination today. Since children that are receiving the flu shot for the first time may need two doses, it is important that they receive them early in the season so both can be administered before the season reaches its peak.

Immunization Options There are two types of flu vaccines available for children. The traditional flu shot is approved for all children and adults ages 6 months and older. There is also a flu mist approved for healthy children over the age of two.

Flu From the Vaccine Contrary to popular belief, you cannot get the flu from the influenza vaccine. The vaccine is made from killed or weakened viruses. You may experience mild symptoms such as nausea, lethargy, headaches, muscle aches and chills. However these side effects do not compare to having the flu.

Milder Forms of Flu The flu vaccine is roughly 60 percent effective in protecting you against the flu. If you do contract the illness after being vaccinated, you will contract a milder form of the flu.

Vaccines with the Flu Vaccine The flu shot can be given at the same time as other vaccines. The influenza vaccine will be given with a separate needle in a separate area of the body.

Protecting your family from the flu starts with the influenza vaccination. If your children do fall victim to sore throats, runny noses and coughing, our pediatric urgent care clinic is here to help.