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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Family Flu Shot and Influenza 101

We just had our Family Flu shot today at the Gonohashi Kid's Clinic. A lot of babies and parents came for the shot. Some babies were crying. Our Li'l Rein didn't cry for the shot, but she cried when the doctor tried to open her mouth for a check-up. The rate for adult is ¥3,000 and for babies ¥2,000. We'll come back next month for another shot. Archie and I need this shot in order to avoid being the carrier and infecting Rein. A few days ago, I had a severe headache and cold.

The best time to get vaccinated is from October through November. The "flu season" in Japan is usually from November through April.

Influenza Facts
Influenza is a viral illness that can cause fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and muscle aches, usually about 1-4 days after being exposed to someone with the flu.

Symptoms are usually mild to moderate in most people, but can be more severe in the elderly or very young children, causing thousands of deaths each year (mostly elderly people).

You can get the flu if:
you are around someone with the flu that coughs or sneezes and the germs enter your body through your mouth or nose you touch something, such as a door knob or sink faucet, that has been touched and contaminated by someone with the flu, and you then touch your own mouth or nose.

Influenza Vaccine Facts
The influenza vaccine, is an inactivated or killed vaccine, and is changed each year to keep up with the most common strains of the influenza virus that are circulating and most likely to cause infections. The influenza vaccine is available for children over the age of six months. To produce a good response, the first year that they get it, children under nine years of age need two doses of the vaccine given at least one month apart. Children over nine years and younger children who have previously had a flu shot only need a single injection each year.

Vaccine side effects are usually mild, and may include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, and/or aches, and usually only last for 1-2 days. Children under 12 years should receive the 'split virus' influenza shot, which is associated with fewer side effects than the 'whole virus' influenza vaccine. Children over 12 years and adults can receive either the split virus or whole virus influenza vaccine.


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