Tower Health Urges Families to Ensure Kids Get Flu Vaccine
WEST READING PA – Although influenza cases within western Montgomery, northern Chester, and eastern Berks counties are currently low, Tower Health physicians are encouraging families to schedule appointments for children who have not yet received the annual flu vaccine. It will better protect them from seasonal influenza, health experts say.
“We know the flu shot is the best way to protect oneself from the flu, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated,” according to Dr. Olubunmi Ojikutu, Department of Pediatrics chair at Tower Health’s Reading Hospital. “Getting a flu vaccine can also help protect vulnerable individuals who are not able to receive the vaccine or are considered high-risk if they contract the flu,” he added.
U.S. flu vaccines are annually updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. Even if the flu vaccine doesn’t precisely match actual strains, it still provides significant protection against getting sick, and can lessen symptoms should an individual fall ill.
To further prevent the spread of flu, Tower Health recommends everyone perform frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a face mask, practice respiratory hygiene by covering your sneeze or cough when not face masked; disinfect high-touch common areas frequently (phones, computers, tablets), and continue to practice social distancing.
Individuals needing a flu shot should schedule an appointment with their primary care or other available provider.