You may believe it's early, but now is time to be thinking about flu season. Every child over 6 months of age should be immunized against flu. Flu is a serious illnesses with more complications seen in children under the age of 5 years as well as in children who have any underlying illness like diabetes, heart disease or asthma. The CDC recommends that infants and children under the age of 9 who have never received flu vaccine or who have not received 2 doses of vaccine during the 2009 season or later, receive two doses of the vaccine this season. The vaccine should be separated by a minimum of 4 weeks. Why? The first dose of vaccine primes the immune system while the second dose provides protection. If you child is over 2, there is the option of a live flu vaccine called flu mist. This is a needle free vaccine, given to healthy children as a simple nasal spray. It provides an excellent immune response and no tears! The symptoms of flu typically come on quickly and include fever, cough, sore throat, congestion and body aches. Flu does not feel like a cold. You feel like you have been hit by a truck and the flu lasts anywhere from 3 - 10 days. Young children tend to spread the flu unknowingly via their coughs and hands, and then pass the flu on to their parents. The best protection is to get a flu vaccine and to continue with good hand washing and cough hygiene throughout the flu season. It is time to run not walk and get your vaccine.
Pollution Possible Risk Factor For Autism
A large new national study suggests there is a link between exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and autism.
Storm Causes Major Flooding for One Abilene Neighborhood
Neighbors living along S. 23rd and Brentwood drive say they're used to getting this much damage after storms.
Abilene and Taylor County Begin Storm Shelter Registration Program
The City of Abilene and Taylor County has started a storm shelter registration program, which will help emergency responders provide aid to residents that may...
More CPS Workers Disciplined In Connection with Klapheke Investigation
Two employees at the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services (CPS) have been put on resigned in connection to the Tiffany Klapheke case.
KTAB PM Forecast: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
After a stormy start to the week, some areas could see scattered showers overnight.
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