Will You Vaccinate
When deciding whether to vaccinate, it makes sense to check out information on safety and efficacy. "The flu shot has been studied and, although I personally do not suggest that parents blindly accept vaccines, the flu shot has proven to be safe," says Dr. Solomon. "I vaccinated my own children and my grandchildren are vaccinated. That's how comfortable I am with it."
Of course, as a parent, you need to weigh the risks and benefits in order to make an educated decision. "The flu disease can be deadly for little ones and the vaccine has been proven in hundreds of thousands of patients over many studies and many years to be as 'harmful' as sterile saline, when injected," says Dr. Solomon.
Given the documented track record of the vaccine, this could be one of the safest options available to protect your family this flu season."Influenza can be a life threatening disease for young ones, immunocompromised, those with underlying conditions --like asthma and cystic fibrosis -- and the elderly," advises Dr. Solomon. "Additionally, unvaccinated folks contribute to spreading the disease." Even if you and your family are relatively healthy, take into consideration the people around you who may not be as healthy.
Of course, there are certain people who should avoid the flu vaccine including those who have had reactions in the past, those with severe egg allergies ("Not mild allergies," says Dr. Solomon) and those who have been advised to avoid it by their doctors.
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