It’s here just in time for the holidays: flu season. However, flu is just one of the threats floating around that can be passed from child to child, or from other sources. Luckily, there are vaccinations for most of the common and not-so-common viral infections.
Today’s school and daycare environments are potentially filled with germs that can cause a wave of illnesses that your child can be swept away in, so knowing which vaccinations to get and when to get them is key. Here are seven child vaccination tips to keep in mind heading into National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 4 -12, 2016…
1. Use the Vaccination Schedule
Knowledge of which vaccines your child should be getting at what age is important, but without professional guidance, this can be tricky. Luckily, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a handy reference guide that you can access for free.
The first flu shots can be given at 6-months, according to the CDC guide (the first round is given in 2-doses). However, there are a number of other vaccines that protect against everything from Hepatitis B to pneumonia that you should look into before that age.