DENVER -- The flu season is expected to begin about a month early this year, making its presence known in December.
Medical experts recommend that the elderly, pregnant women and health care workers receive a vaccine. A nasal mist version is recommended for children age 6 months and older.
The mist form is especially effective because it attacks the virus where it dwells, in the nasal area.
Justin Murphy of Guardian Urgent Care in Denver explains, “The flu is spread by airborne droplets by coughing and sneezing … so the fact that the vaccine is delivered in that area creates a local immune response.”
The nasal mist form of the vaccine isn't available everywhere. Doctors say if parents find themselves having to wait several weeks, they should opt for a traditional shot.
Waiting could cause a child to become vaccinated too close to the beginning of flu season and limit their chances of protection because vaccines do not take effect immediately.
Nutrition helps guard against flu
Guarding against the flu also means keeping your child's immune system strong with a balanced diet that includes plenty of green vegetables and healthy practices like frequent hand washing to prevent the virus from spreading.
Consult your personal family physician about whether and when the nasal mist vaccine will be available.AlertMe