Flu shot 2021 when is the best time to get it

One of Georgia’s top pediatricians said October 1 starts the countdown to get your kids vaccinated.

ATLANTA — Pediatricians are urging parents to vaccinate their children against the flu before Halloween. This year, getting the flu shot is even more important, they say, as hospitals are already tense with COVID-19.

Natisha Lance of 11Alive spoke to one of Georgia’s leading pediatricians about what you need to know about your kids and the flu shot. He said October 1st starts the countdown to get it done.

“You want to get your child vaccinated against the flu before the flu virus circulates in your community,” said Dr. Hugo Scornik, the president of the Georgia branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “So the thinking is that if you get your child vaccinated before October 31, you have to be good and your child will be protected before the flu hits our area.”

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Like turning a corner in a haunted house, the flu is unpredictable. It can strike any time between November and February.

That’s why doctors suggest it’s best to get your kids vaccinated before Halloween, and this year there’s even more need to ward off the flu amid the ongoing pandemic.

“I certainly don’t want a flu pandemic on top of a COVID pandemic,” said Dr. scornik. “Our hospitals are already busy dealing with the COVID virus and so you want to do everything you can to protect your child.”

Any child six months and older can receive the flu vaccine. The injection is already available or will be available this week at most public health clinics in the state, and pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens have them available for free with most insurance (without insurance, the injection usually costs $30-40).

While there has been virtually no flu season since the early stages of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, experts have generally attributed that to the mitigation measures taken by public health authorities and individual behavioral changes in response to COVID — mitigation measures doctors fear. that these will be relaxed this year. years, opening the door to the flu again.

Medical experts are concerned about a possible decline in natural immunity to the flu virus, given how few people have gotten it in the past year and a half.

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