Influenza (in-flu-EN-za), also known as “the flu,” is an illness caused by a virus. See the Helping Hand, Influenza (“The Flu”), HH-I-245. Some groups of people are at higher risk for serious cases of the flu. Or they may be working around others who are at high risk.
The Centers for Disease Control strongly recommend that these groups receive the influenza (flu) shot:
People who are allergic to eggs SHOULD NOT get this vaccine. Also, be sure to tell the doctor if your child has previously had a bad reaction to any shots.
There are two types of vaccine: Injections (shots) and intranasal (taken in through the nose). When there is enough vaccine supply, influenza vaccine should be given to any adult or child who wants it.
Antibiotic medicines will not work against the virus that causes influenza. However, your child’s doctor may prescribe new antiviral medicines to treat influenza or antibiotics to treat some of the bacterial complications of influenza. If your child has pain or fever, you may also give Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Do not give your child aspirin! Do not give ibuprofen (Motrin) to children younger than 6 months.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse.
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