Letter: Preventive care reduces need for medical care
October 28, 2014
"I would prefer for my son to have as little medical care as possible, as little contact with the medical system as possible. I think vaccination is actually one way to try to help ensure that — making sure that he doesn't get something like pneumonia that might mean a hospital stay" — Eula Biss, author of "On Immunity: An Inoculation" during NPR interview.
• Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old.
• Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
• Each year, an average of 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control website.
"Support Community Immunity! Even if you are young and healthy, you could be a carrier of the flu virus this season! Protect the children and old ones you love, and get your flu shot!" — Emily Taylor, E.D., of the Woody Creek Community Center.
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Do not let vaccination fears fuel the resurgence of preventable diseases, such as seasonal flu. Please protect yourself, your children and your community: Get your flu shot and see that your children 6 months old or older get the shot (or the mist) too.
Some options for flu shots:
• Your doctor's office
• Pharmacies in Clark's Market, City Market, Safeway and Rite-Aid.
• Woody Creek Community Center: Free flu shot clinic today 7 to 10 a.m.; Mists for children will be available.
Pitkin County Community Health Services, public flu shot clinic, Thursday 3 to 6 p.m. at Snowmass Village Town Council Chambers, 130 Kerns Road, Snowmass Village.
• Flu shots are also available through the county by appointment.
Call 970-920-5420 for more information.