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Take precautions during flu season

As we approach flu season, Lakeside School's medical advisory board, a committee of the Board of Trustees, encourages families to help students stay healthy by vaccinating them against influenza. 

The Washington State Department of Health reports that although flu activity was kept low last year due to precautions put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, as these measures are lifted flu has a much higher chance of spreading. Vaccination is a safe, effective way to protect children from influenza, which can cause severe illness and death. This fall, pediatricians recommend that it is more important than ever for everyone over 6 months old to be vaccinated.

The American Academy of Pediatrics in its policy statement, “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2022–2023”, offers the option of a flu shot or nasal spray flu vaccine this season. According to the recommendations, any licensed, age-appropriate vaccine is acceptable and ideally should be administered as soon as possible in the season. 

When children become infected with influenza, other family members are likely to get sick, leading to missed school days, missed work, doctor visits, and sometimes hospitalizations. Although children with certain conditions are at high risk for flu complications, most who get influenza are healthy children.

The medical advisory board wants to share the message that the single best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year. Yearly flu vaccination is needed because immunity against influenza wears off over time. In addition, influenza virus strains often change, so the vaccine also changes from year to year in order to match influenza viruses expected to circulate in the community. The flu shot can lower your chances of getting influenza and also reduce the severity of the illness.

RESOURCES

American Academy of Pediatrics
www.healthychildren.org (English)
www.healthychildren.org/spanish (Español)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.flu.gov
https://espanol.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm (Español)

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases/Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition
www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org

Families Fighting Flu
www.familiesfightingflu.org