Why does my child need yearly shots of the flu vaccine?

Look around and you will find that many elders who grew up in the tier-2 & 3 cities and rural areas are still healthy. We joke about it by saying, “Asli ghee ki paidaish”. What we really mean is that these elders grew up on organic food, near-zero chemicals and fresh air.

It’s a pathetically unhealthy life and

It is the lifestyle that reduces the immunity of a child.

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As part of the population that lives in the metros, we are always exposed to harmful pollutants and chemical emissions.

We live in smart homes and use smart homes, all of which come with a significant amount of radiation.

Chips, biscuits, bread, sauces, pizzas, hamburgers – most of the food we eat is processed. Most fruits and vegetables are genetically modified.

Most parents don’t exercise under the garb of busy schedules. Most parents buy expensive gadgets for kids and find that they sit continuously for many hours glued to a video or game.

In short, it’s a pathetically unhealthy life and it is the lifestyle that reduces the immunity of a child. Children are the future of our country and their health should be the topmost priority in our minds. Try as we may, it is tough to run away from modern gadgets, radiation and unhealthy food.

Low immunity causes multiple problems for a child. One of the results of this is the probability of catching the flu either from the air or from another child. Flu is dangerous and reduces the child’s overall defence against other diseases. It weakens the body and mind. Children remain absent from school and studies get affected. They also miss out on having fun with friends at school and at home. Not to mention that the entire house’s schedule clearly goes for a toss with a sick child at home.

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Low immunity causes multiple problems for a child.

As a mother of two, I always ensure that my children get a yearly shot of the flu vaccine. It helps build their immunity against flu and reassures me that they will remain healthy throughout the year.

Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working-age adults, and older adults. Flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year.

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I ensure that my children get yearly flu shots so that their fun times continue.

Benefits of flu shots for children

  • They’re an annual part of good health
  • They can be given to very young children
  • They protect vulnerable populations
  • They are effective
  • They are extremely safe
  • They help avoid sick days

According to me, the number one reason that I ensure my children get the flu shot is to prevent unforeseen complications in their health. A 2017 study was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from flu.

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Every parent loves their kids and are willing to do anything to ensure their safety. I am no different and thus I ensure that my children get yearly flu shots so that their fun times continue. #IPromiseToStopFlu

Penned by:

Mayura Amarkant

 

Source: https://www.nfid.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/press-release-3.pdf

 

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