Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population in the US contract influenza each year. Influenza is characterized by the abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough.
Influenza can make people of any age ill. Although most people are ill with influenza for only a few days, some have a much more serious illness and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza can also lead to pneumonia and death.
Sounds pretty gross, huh?
Evergreen Pediatrics in Vancouver will innoculate your child as young as 6 months against the flu. They get their vaccine from the health department, and are currently waiting on a delivery. Your usual doctor should have some for you.
I recommend you get your kids innoculated; getting the flu sounds like a drag.