Jose Ramon Garcia LopezThe director of paediatrics at Ribera Juan Cardona Hospital recommends that children aged 6 months to 5 years receive the influenza vaccine because it has the dual advantage of “protecting the vaccinated child from viral infection and, in turn, protecting other cohabitants.” , including family members, playmates and classmates, may be infected. ”
Spanish health authorities recommend that children with potentially complicating medical conditions, such as moderate or severe asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or immunosuppression, receive annual influenza vaccination. In this way, children will be protected from illnesses that could destabilize the conditions they suffer from, and health care and hospitalization rates will be reduced. Additionally, even if these children get sick from the flu, the vaccine can help reduce the severity of the illness.
Few and mild side effects
Regarding the side effects of the flu vaccine in children, Dr. Garcia Lopez clarified, “For children, side effects are usually minor: pain during vaccination, low fever, slight general discomfort, etc. Most patients will not experience any side effects. These complications Symptoms will be treated with antipyretic medications (ibuprofen or paracetamol).”
Local reactions occur in 5% to 20% of cases, and fever occurs in 5.5% to 14% of patients. “It is our responsibility to help prevent disease, and vaccination against infectious diseases is one of the greatest achievements of the health system, so all our efforts and motivation must be aimed at promoting these attitudes,” said Ribera Juan Cardona, head of pediatrics.
It should be remembered that in addition to vaccination, it is important to develop certain habits that reduce the spread of influenza viruses and other respiratory viruses, such as frequent hand washing and, especially, covering your own nose after wiping your nose or your child’s. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and throw away disposable tissues after use. If you are sick, avoid close contact with sick or healthy people. If you have influenza syndrome or symptoms that make us suspicious, please avoid visiting those who are hospitalized. family or friends.