The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year.
Flu season is almost here. Sunset’s flu clinic will begin Monday, September 18th. You will be able to schedule your children’s Flu shots on our patient portal starting Tuesday, September 5th! To request portal access, fill out the forms found here. You can also give us a call at 503-296-7800 to set up an appointment for your children.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Children, especially those younger than 5 years, are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. The flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting the flu and spreading it to others. Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
The flu is most common during the fall and winter. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.
Here are some signs and symptoms of the flu to keep an eye out for:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.
Based on recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are not offering Flu Mist for the 2017-2018 Flu season.
Read more about preventing the flu here.