The common flu strikes down many children during certain seasons, causing them to miss school and extracurricular activities. A flu vaccine can help prevent major strains of influenza viruses and keep your children as well other other children healthy and safe throughout the cold and flu season. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a set of guidelines and recommendations for parents regarding flu vaccination. The AAP recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot in the 2018-2019 season to provide the optimal amount of protection against all strains of the influenza virus, which though generally harmless in older adults can be serious in young children and has resulted in a record number of pediatric deaths in the past year. Receiving an annual flu vaccine significantly cuts down on a child’s risk of contracting severe influenza and possibly death, the AAP policy statement notes in its recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, 2018-2019 published in September. If you’re looking for a “walk in clinic near me” in the Orlando area to administer the vaccine for your child or treat your child for the flu, call Central Florida Pediatric Urgent Care to set up an appointment today.