For parents, balancing family and work isn’t an easy task, and in the winter it’s often compounded when children get sick. A simple flu or cold can send us scrambling while dealing with work and a sick child at home.
The flu campaign starts in a few weeks and one of the new things this year is that children are getting involved too, Ana de la Puente in Cope Ávila, pediatrician at the Ávila North Health Center, discusses with us whether to recommend vaccinations for our children Influenza and what are its advantages and disadvantages.
De La Puente explained to us that this year the flu vaccination recommendation is being expanded to include children six months to five years old, in addition to children in high-risk groups.
This recommendation also applies to children living with high-risk groups, such as those listed by Ana de la Puente (listen to the interview).
Pediatricians explained to us that influenza vaccination in children can be an additional measure for minors suffering from bronchiolitis. In this sense, remember that we must not forget about other preventive measures that have been taken into account during the pandemic, such as the use of masks, not taking children to school if they are sick, or washing hands.
Although it is uncommon and these are a minority of cases, Ana de la Puente tells us that sometimes parents who are reluctant to vaccinate come to her for advice; in most cases, they are concerned about certain Parents who have specific questions about vaccines and need to know all the necessary information. Provided so they can make a decision. Pediatricians remember that vaccination in our country is a recommendation, not an obligation.
Regarding the vaccination of children against influenza, Ana de la Puente explained that health centers will receive the necessary doses and distribute the vaccine free of charge.