ST. LOUIS -- Even though we are done with summer colds and the winter flu seems far away, we cant sit back and relax regarding childrens health during the fall, which started this week.
With fall under way, we should be preparing to protect our kids from flu and other health problems that could come during the upcoming season, says Ken Haller, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Fall is the best time of the year for many kids because they are generally illness-free, but that could end within a few months with winter on its way.
The best way to prepare for how the winter flu can affect kids is by getting flu shots, explains Haller, who is also a pediatrician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
Winter is the biggest illness time of the year for kids, and flu vaccinations can help prevent flu infection and the serious problems that result from it.
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It is also important for all children with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis and heart diseases to get a flu vaccine, Haller adds.