We all know the importance of getting your annual flu shot – that, plus frequent hand washing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of staying healthy year round and especially during cold and flu season. But sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. Finding the time or lacking transportation can […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all pregnant women get a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their growing babies from influenza. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make expectant moms more susceptible to dangerous complications, such as pneumonia, that may require hospitalization. […]
As flu vaccination season begins, certified nurse practitioner Dayne Adkins from Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, Warren West fields lots of questions from patient families about the vaccine. Sometimes people ask if a flu shot can cause the flu, or if it protects against the “stomach flu.” The answer, in both cases, is no. “There’s a common […]
Each year, the flu vaccine is tweaked to address what doctors believe will be the most common and concerning strains of flu. In this Children’s Channel video, Dr. Blaise Congeni, director of infectious disease at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the importance of receiving the vaccine, as well as a new a new version that is […]
Akron Children’s began offering the flu vaccines in nearly a dozen schools, making it easier and more convenient than ever to get children immunized. On Tuesday alone, about 2,000 Akron Public School children were immunized. The rest of the district was being covered today and tomorrow.
It’s flu season again. Is your family prepared? Do you know who should be vaccinated and when?