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Offered by Kelly Fausey, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics

The fall colors have started to change, school is back in session and football season has returned. These are all signs of Fall returning to Colorado. As we get back into the school routine, plan trips to see fall colors and attend football games; add getting your flu vaccination for your family to the top of the list. The flu season starts mid-October with peak typically during the winter months (December, January and February) and can last until the middle of May. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone to get the flu vaccine by the end of October (CDC.gov, 2018). The flu has a very rapid onset, with complaints of high fevers, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, runny nose, cough, headaches and vomiting. The complications from the flu are most detrimental to children under 5 years old, (especially under the age of 2 years old), pregnant women and people older than 65. In addition, anyone with medical problems involving their lungs, heart or immune system are also at greater risk from complications of the flu.

One way to help prevent the spread of the flu and prevent complications is to get the yearly flu vaccine for your family. The flu is spread up to 6 feet away by sneezing, coughing and can be inhaled or spread by touch. A sick family member can spread the flu typically for 3-4 days (and young children up to 7 days) to other family members and friends. What is difficult about the flu is that symptoms come on very fast and you can be contagious 3-4 days before symptoms develop. Getting your annual flu vaccine is a great way to stop the spread of the flu to your family and friends.
Recommendations to begin the annual flu vaccine starts with children 6 months of age and older. For those children ages 6 months old to 8 years old who are receiving the flu vaccine for the very first time, it is recommended that they return for a booster flu vaccine in 4 weeks. Brighton Pediatrics has already started their annual flu clinics. Please contact Brighton Pediatrics to schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine for your children this Fall season.

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