What you need to know - Influenza (FLU) Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant):
Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days.
Symptoms vary by age, but can include:
Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, flu can make it worse.
Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized. Flu vaccine can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people.
A dose of flu vaccine is recommended every flu season. Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses during the same flu season. Everyone else needs only one dose each flu season. Consult your child's Healthcare Provider/Pediatrician for additional information and to discuss your child's need for the Flu Vaccine.
Immunization certificates, required by Alabama law, must be presented to the school before a child can enroll in public school. Certificates are available from local physicians or local health departments. Only students presenting a Certificate of Medical Exemption or a Certificate of Religious Exemption are excused from this requirement.
Is your child carring 20-30% of ther body wight in their backpack? According to Change.org (2017), it is medically proven that children carrying more than 10% fo their body weight is damaging their spine. "Just because you can't see the internal damage, doesn't mean it isn't happening" (Sams, 2017). Become aware of the importance of ensuring that your child is carrying NO MORE THAN 10% of their weight in their backpacks. Visit www.bacsupport.com for more information.
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