Every year, thousands of preschool-aged children are hospitalized with flu-related complications, second only to elderly adults. Children under two are especially at risk. In this podcast, Dr. Timothy Cunningham discusses ways help prevent young children from getting the flu. Created: 7/28/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 7/28/2011. Series Name: A Cup of Health with CDC.
A CUP OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Flu Free Kids
Characteristics of Mothers Associated with Influenza Vaccination of their
Preschool Children — Oregon, 2006–2008
Recorded: July 26, 2011; posted: July 28, 2011
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[Dr. Gaynes] Welcome to A Cup of Health with CDC, a weekly feature of the MMWR, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I’m your host, Dr. Robert Gaynes.
Every year, thousands of preschool-aged children are hospitalized for flu-related complications, second only to elderly adults. Children under two are especially at risk.
Dr. Timothy Cunningham is an epidemiologist with CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He's joining us today to discuss ways help prevent your young child from getting the flu. Welcome to the show, Tim.
[Dr. Cunningham] Thanks, Bob.
[Dr. Gaynes] Tim, when is the flu season in the U.S.?
[Dr. Cunningham] Flu season usually goes from August to March each year.
[Dr. Gaynes] What are the symptoms of the flu?
[Dr. Cunningham] Flu can cause the abrupt onset of fever, coughing, sore throat, and a runny nose. Also headaches and body aches. These symptoms may be so severe that they can cause hospitalization and death.
[Dr. Gaynes] Are young children more likely to have severe complications from flu?
[Dr. Cunningham] Yes. We usually think of elderly adults when we think of severe complications to flu, however, children under five, especially children under two, are also at risk.
[Dr. Gaynes] Well, what are some ways to prevent getting the flu?
[Dr. Cunningham] Hand washing and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze may prevent flu, however, getting your child vaccinated against flu is the best way to keep your child healthy.
[Dr. Gaynes] Tim, when and how often should children be vaccinated against flu?
[Dr. Cunningham] Flu vaccinations should be given annually, beginning at six months. Children younger than nine years that have not been vaccinated should receive two doses.
[Dr. Gaynes] Where can listeners get more information about flu prevention?
[Dr. Cunningham] Your health care provider is going to be the best source of information about your child and their health, but there is also information at www.flu.gov.
[Dr. Gaynes] Thanks, Tim. I've been talking today with CDC's Dr. Timothy Cunningham about the importance preventing flu in young children.
Vaccination is the best way to avoid getting the flu and to prevent passing it on to others. If you have a young child, contact your health care provider about flu vaccination.
Until next time, be well. This is Dr. Robert Gaynes for A Cup of Health with CDC.
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