There is a lot of talk this Flu season about the Flu Vaccines. FluMist the inhaled one, vs. the Flu Shots and the types of flu strains that are prevalent this year.
From what is in the news it seems that they believe that the Flumist is less effective against the H1N1 strain of Flu but that that strain of influenza isn't very prevalent this year and that the mist "may" be "slightly" more effective against some of the other strains. Ad into the mix that the current Flu vaccines may be not as effective against this years strains of influenza as the influenza prevalent this year has mutated somewhat from what they designed the vaccine for.
Dr. Bernardez and Orange Pediatric Care still recommend getting the flu vaccine. Somewhat effective is better than no protection at all. The CDC and the AAP, (American Academy of Pediatrics) also recommend the flu vaccine. This recommendation is for you and your children to keep your entire family protected.
The flu can be more than not feeling well for a few days and some congestion and sniffles. Influenza can be very dangerous even deadly for those with compromised immune systems, babies, older people, and even seemingly healthy people. By having your family vaccinated it helps keep the flu away from you, your family, and those who may be more vulnerable.
Talk to either Dr. Bernardez or Evelyn Santiago our NP if you have questions or concerns, if you have egg allergies, asthma, or other concerns associated getting the flu vaccine. Along with great bedside manner and compassionate care Dr. B will also give you good advice and answer all of your questions.
Remember that your school age children come into contact with many other children throughout the day and though Orange Pediatric Care love to see our patients, we don't want to see them sick. We prefer to see them as preventative pediatric visits such as yearly physicals and getting vaccines.
So with the holidays upon us, please everyone have a safe and HEALTHY holiday and may your entire family be healthy and protected when you get together. Share gifts, food, time with each other, but not influenza!