This child health video discusses the importance of getting your child vaccinated against potentially lethal diseases.
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Carolyn Buxton Bridges: The best thing as preventing influenza is the use of influenza vaccine that by far and away is the best means for prevention. And there’s no way we want to vaccinate people who are risk of the complications from the influenza. We want to vaccinate people who live and work around so they prevent transmitting flow to those people. For a person who can get the flu shot or with the flu vaccine and the other option is the antiviral medications but this is an important agent but certainly not the primary means for prevention. James King: It takes about a month for your body to make the proper germ killers or antibodies against the flu. So you have to get it a month before the flu season. Usually in the United States, flu occurs in the late fall or winter, so we like to get the vaccine in October or November basically. Carolyn Buxton Bridges: The best time to get vaccinated is October and November but you can continue to get vaccinated even after November, if you miss that earlier opportunity. Question: Can a peson get the flue from a flu vaccine? Carolyn Buxton Bridges: What can happen is there are a lot of viruses circulating at the same time that influenza is, and even before in the fall and so people can get general infections around the same time that they get their flu shot and then they may blame that on the vaccine, but it’s not caused up when you look or anatomize control trails or both kind of flu shot, both kind of placebo. The only side effect that stands out is sore arm and redness at the injection site but not enormous. Question: Can “no-shot” vaccines help increase vaccination rates? Carolyn Buxton Bridges: For a person aged 65 and older, at presently 68% of people get a flu shot every year. For a healthcare worker, this is only around 35% and they are group who is recommender to get flu shot not only for them but mostly to prevent them from passing flu onto their high risk patients. So for a lot of course we have long ways to go to get the vaccination where we would like them. In the people 65 and older, we would like for those vaccination rates to be 90% or greater, which is a 2010 healthy people goal but again we are only at about a third of that, love to go up. It has a substantial rate improvement. James King: I think no child looks forward to go into the doctors to get a shot and there is no question that a shot in the arm or shot in the leg hurts. I think the anxiety related to get into – getting a needle is a big determent for parents to bring their children to get vaccines. I think that is one of the barriers to getting vaccines is the shot. No child likes to be stuck in the arm, it hurts. So if you could do something to take away that pain and to prevent getting that pain, I think it’ll go a long way into accepting a new vaccine. Carolyn Buxton Bridges: In June of this year, the European Drug Administration approved FluMist, which is a live intranasal administered influenza vaccine for use among persons who are healthy and are aged 5-49 years. James King: It’s a live weaken virus and it’s weaken in a very interesting way, won’t grow your body temperature. So it will grow in your nose, which is cooler than your – the rest of your body. But it will turn off as it gets further down so there’s no chance of that growing in your lungs or in the rest of your body. So it’s a very weak virus that really causes very little if any symptoms. Carolyn Buxton Bridges: One of the advantages, of course, by nasal spray and not by a needle and that’s very appealing to a lot of people. And there may be also possibility of some immunologic benefits in that you get some immune protection so no lining at the nose and upper air way, which is where flu viruses will get first introduce to someone who is exposed. So there may be some advantages that way. James King: The flu shot that we get just contains the outer coat of a virus so it just protects you against that outer coat. The FluMist that sprayed in th