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CDC: Kids and parents need vaccinations for everyone's protection from flu

CDC: Kids and parents need vaccinations for everyone's protection from flu (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There’s already been flu cases in the Tri-State this season.

That's why the Centers for Disease Control are on a new push for kids and their parents to be vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is recommended now for healthy children and adults ages six months and older. It is the most effective way to protect the flu according to the CDC.

They also say no to nasal mists yet again this season and that the current vaccine has the most current virus protection in it, including the H1N1 virus that in previous years made children and adults very sick.

Since kids often catch the flu from family members, the CDC wants mom and dad to get the vaccine too.

“For an average person, it's just a bad illness for a week unless you happen to catch it in the small window where Tamiflu can have an impact, but certainly for vulnerable populations which are small children infants and elderly people particularly nursing homes. The flu ravages those populations and certainly causes significant percentages of death,” said Dr. Scott Woods.

While it's still early in the season, there's a couple of things you need to know about getting a flu vaccine.

If you get one, you may be able to help protect someone else, even if you can fight it off. You also need to know that a lot of employers now are giving it at no charge, so ask about that in your human resources department. At OrthoCincy, for example, they give it to people who want it at no charge.

Finally, it takes a few weeks to build up antibodies after you get the vaccine, which is why you want to get it now even though the full swing of flu season has not hit yet.

The flu is the number one reason a child aged two or younger will need to be hospitalized and last year more than 100 children died from the flu.

This year the goal is to push not just for kids to get vaccinated, but anyone who is around them too.

You can find a link to more of the CDC flu recommendations for parents and kids here.

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