FLU Vaccines: Flu vaccines have arrived and are available to all patients registered with our clinic. Please call the office to book an appointment.
This year, two types of flu shots are available, free of charge:
- Injected Influenza vaccine Quadrivalent vaccine (covers 4 strains of flu virus) is recommended to all children aged 6 months-17 years. Please note that when the quadrivalent vaccine is not available, the trivalent (covers 3 strains of flu virus) may be a suitable alternative.
- Nasal spray Influenza vaccine (Flumist Quadravalent) is equally effective as the injected influenza vaccine. FluMist can NOT be given to children under 2 years of age, or children with severe asthma (active wheezing, taking oral steroids or inhaled steroids), or children with nasal congestion.
Confused about conflicting recommendations on nasal spray vs injection vaccine? Ask your doctor or check out Toronto Public Health’s explanation of Canada’s recommendations this year:
Who Should get the Flu Shot: All children over 6 months of age should get the flu shot every year, unless there is a medical reason not to. Babies under 6 months of age are too young to get the flu shot. All children under 9 years of age getting the flu shot or Flumist for the first time need 2 doses, 1 month apart.
Flu Virus in Children: Even healthy children and young adults can become seriously ill with the flu. Young children, especially under 5 years, are at the highest risk of serious illness and death from the flu. Children who have underlying medical conditions and those who have weakened immune systems also have a higher risk of serious illness or death from the flu. Children aged 6 to 10 years are most likely to spread the virus due to their close proximity to other children at school.
Flu Symptoms in Children: Children sometimes experience different flu symptoms than adults. If infected, they may experience high temperatures (over 39.5 C) leading to febrile seizures, ear aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.complain of ear aches or stomach problems. Newborns and babies may also develop a high fever without any other signs of illness.
For more information, ask your doctor or check out the Toronto Public Health influenza vaccine fact sheet: