Does your child need a flu shot?

The official start of fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the upcoming cold and flu season.

Many parents call the Stork Line asking if their child needs a flu shot. The answer is yes!  The Centers for Disease Control reported 115 children and teenagers died from flu-related deaths during the 2010-2011 flu season.

“It’s vital that children get vaccinated,” said Lyn Finelli, M.D., chief of the CDC’s Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team.

Call your pediatrician to ask about the best time for your child’s vaccination.

The first signs of flu are usually sore throat, cough and high fever, developing suddenly. When young children quit eating, that may be a clue they have a sore throat. If a child is well before school, but sick when he comes home, consider he might have the flu.

We all need to stay home when we have fever and other symptoms. That applies to keeping children home from extra activities, like birthday parties and church.

Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about any health condition, even if you’ve never been a patient at Western Baptist. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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One Response to Does your child need a flu shot?

  1. Leia Wilkey says:

    When will western baptist be given the free flu shots this year?

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