Experts Say Kids Should Have Flu Vaccine By The End Of October

October 11, 2017

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If you've been planning on getting your child a flu shot, you have until he end of the month, says The American Academy of Pediatrics.  They recommend that children 6 months and older receive their influenza vaccinations by the end of October so that its effectiveness is peaked during the worst of cold and flu season. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend the use of the nasal spray influenza vaccine, so it's the injectable version, which also comes with its own pitfalls of screaming and crying at the mere sight of a needle.  The key is distraction.  One study found that children watching cartoons during immunizations were less distressed with injections.  Deep breaths can help too. Some pediatricians tell kids to pretend they’re blowing out birthday candles so perhaps you bringing bubbles for them to blow may be enough of a distraction. Finally, don't overdo t on the reassurance. In studies, too many verbal assurances have been shown to cause higher distress. (Tensely repeating “You’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay, you’re okay” is not comforting).

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