Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urges Families to Get Vaccinated this Flu Season


ATLANTA (September 23, 2019) With influenza season around the corner, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is urging families to get vaccinated to be protected this year. Children’s recommends that everyone receive a flu immunization as soon as the vaccines are available.

“The flu season is unpredictable. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is for everyone 6 months and older to get a seasonal flu immunization,” says Andi Shane, MD, System Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. “A flu immunization, that can be given as a “shot” to all or “mist” to eligible children and adults, is the best way to make sure that your child, your family, and your community stay protected.”

Seasonal flu infections were associated with more than one hundred pediatric deaths and more than half a million hospitalizations nationwide during the 2018-2019 influenza season, according to the CDC.

“Every child should see their primary care provider to get immunized against the flu, preferably before Halloween,” said Stephanie Jernigan, MD, Co-Chief, Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “The flu can be especially dangerous for those with chronic illnesses or a weakened immune system. Hand hygiene is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of germs, including influenza.”

Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated annually against influenza. Children less than 9 years of age who have received less than two lifetime flu vaccine doses will need two doses this season, which should be given at least four weeks apart. Please check with your child’s healthcare professional.

To better understand flu symptoms and when to seek health care, please visit choa.org/flu. To find out where flu shots are available, please visit Healthmap Vaccine.

For more information:

Ayana Isles

Public Relations Coordinator

404-785-7577

Ayana.Isles@choa.org

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and 26 neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

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