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The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It reduces the risk of your child catching the flu and their risk of suffering serious complications. Children younger than 5 and those with certain chronic conditions may be at increased risk for complications.
- The flu shot doesn’t give your child the flu. The shot can cause similar symptoms, but these are simply signs the immune system is working to build protection against the virus.
- The flu is not the same as a cold. The flu can cause serious issues, like pneumonia, difficulty breathing and/or dehydration. In rare cases, the flu can be deadly.
- Children 6 months to 8 years old receiving a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses to be considered fully vaccinated. Each shot is given a month apart. Schedule your child’s flu vaccine today.
The 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines more closely targets the XBB lineage of the Omicron variant and could restore protection against severe COVID-19 that may have decreased over time. We anticipate the updated vaccines will be better at fighting currently circulating variants.
Who Should Get an Updated COVID shot?
- Everyone aged 5 years and older should get 1 updated COVID-19 vaccine, at least two months after getting the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children aged 6 months–4 years, should get one, two, or three doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine depending on if they received previous COVID vaccines.
What COVID vaccines will Pediatric Associates of Topeka offer?
- Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines will be given to patients 6 month through 4 years old
- Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccines will be given to patients 5 years and older
These vaccines are given as a shot in the muscle of the upper arm or in the thigh of a young child. COVID-19 vaccine ingredients are considered safe for most people. Nearly all of the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are ingredients found in many foods—fats, sugar, and salts. None of the COVID-19 vaccines affect or interact with our DNA and the following are not included in the vaccines:
- No preservatives such as thimerosal or mercury or any other preservatives.
- No antibiotics such as sulfonamide or any other antibiotics.
- No medicines or therapeutics such as ivermectin or any other medications.
- No tissues such as aborted fetal cells, gelatin, or any materials from any animal.
- No food proteins such as eggs or egg products, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, nut products, or any nut byproducts. (COVID-19 vaccines are not manufactured in facilities that produce food products).
- No metals such as iron, nickel, cobalt, titanium, or rare earth alloys. They also do not have any manufactured products like microelectronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes or other nanostructures, or nanowire semiconductors.
- No latex. The vial stoppers used to hold the vaccine also do not contain latex.
After the body produces an immune response, it discards all of the vaccine ingredients, just as it would discard any substance that cells no longer need. This process is a part of normal body functioning.