The influenza (flu) season starts in the fall and usually ends in the spring. The illness is most frequently seen in preschool or school-aged children and usually lasts a week or two. Because the flu is caused by a respiratory virus, it can spread rapidly, causing symptoms such as a sudden fever, chills and body shakes, headache, body aches, tiredness, sore throat, dry hacking cough, stuffy runny nose, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, the virus can spread when children touch a contaminated hard surface and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. There can be serious complications, even death, from the flu. However, because of the flu vaccine, these complications are less common.
Lake Forest Pediatric Associates and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual influenza vaccination for children 6 months and older, with rare exceptions. Call us for an appointment at 847-295-1220. Children 6 months – 8 years will need two vaccine doses given at least four weeks apart while older children will only need one dose. Got questions? Call us at 847-295-1220 and read about it from Healthy Children here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/The-Flu.aspx.
Lake Forest Pediatric Associates October Flu Clinic Schedule
Saturday, 10/9/21, Lindenhurst – 8:00-12:00pm
Thursday, 10/14/21, Lake Bluff – 1:30-4:45pm
Friday, 10/15/21, Lindenhurst – 1:30-4:45pm
Tuesday, 10/19/21, Lindenhurst – 3:30-6:30pm
Thursday, 10/28/21, Vernon Hills – 1:30-4:45pm
Saturday, 10/30/21, Lindenhurst – 8:00-12:00pm
Additional Flu Clinics will be added to the schedule at a later date. Call our team at 847-295-1220 to make your child’s Flu Clinic appointment.