Information for Parents
Is there a vaccine available to protect my child against the flu?
Yes. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine. It is especially imoprtant to get the vaccine if you, your child, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from the flu. The vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray.
What does the flu vaccine protect against?
The 2011–12 flu vaccine protects against an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the 2009 H1N1 virus.
Where can we get the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are available from your family physician, some drug stores, and the UAHuntsville Student Health Center.
My child lives in University Housing — What steps will be taken if he/she becomes ill with flu?
Ill housing students who live close to campus are encouraged to recover at home. Those who cannot go home to recover are asked to self-isolate in their room and notify their RA that they are ill.
My child has a chronic health disorder — what flu precautions should we take?
Persons with chronic health disorders are urged to consult their family physician now to discuss their risk if infected by a flu virus. They should also discuss proper preventive measures, precautions, and procedures in the event they become sick.
Chronic medical conditions at risk include, but are not limited to:
- Asthma, emphysema, C.O.P.D. and other respiratory illnesses
- Compromised or suppressed immune systems
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory arthritis
Pregnant women are also at higher risk of complications if infected with an influenza virus.
If you or your child have any of the above conditions and become ill with flu-like symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.