Friday, October 1, 2010

Should My Baby Get a Flu Shot?

It’s that time again, when the holidays are approaching and the weather gets chillier. We all worry about that three-letter word…the FLU! In a recent article on Parenting.com (http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Health/On-Call-Flu-Shot-Safety), Dr. Claire McCarthy answers a parents question about their infant receiving the flu shot.

Q. My pediatrician says flu shots are safe for babies, but I've read otherwise. Would you give one to yours?

A. Absolutely. Influenza can be a serious illness, especially for infants -- which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that all children under age 2 be immunized as early as possible each flu season (roughly September to March).

Make sure this year that your baby is prepared for the cold weather. Here is a list of locations that offer the flu shot:

Intermountain North Valley Pediatrics 212 S. 1100 E., American Fork

Intermountain Highland Health Center 10968 North Alpine Highway, Highland

Deseret First Credit Union 337 N. State St., Orem

Intermountain North Canyon Family Practice 3200 North Canyon Road Suite D, Provo

Utah County Health Department 151 S University Ave #1900, Provo

Salem City Center 30 West 100 South, Salem

Intermountain Springville Health Center 762 West 400 South, Springville

Drugstores you can also go to are:

Target $24

Walgreens $24.99

CVS $20-$25

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