Another great option to help children become more comfortable at the doctor’s office is to attend events like the upcoming teddy bear clinic hosted by Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road. Not only can the event help children feel more comfortable at the doctor’s office, no-cost flu shots will also be offered.
Working alongside nurses and physicians at the practice, located at 4320 Holmestown Road, the fun and educational clinic will offer kids the chance to bandage teddy bear boo-boos, take their furry friends’ vital signs and exercise with their stuffed comrades.
The teddy bear clinic is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, a day when public schools are closed. It is open to the general public, and there’s no cost to attend. Children are welcome to bring their own bears, dolls or other stuffed buddies. Free teddy bears will also be available while supplies last.
After your child receives the flu vaccine, Dr. Germinario says parents may notice some mild side effects such as soreness, redness and tenderness or swelling, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle aches.
Those problems are minor compared to the potential of serious complications`. According to the CDC, the illness kills between 12,000 and 49,000 people and sends more than 700,000 people to the hospital every year. During the 2017-2018 flu season, 185 children died of complications related to the flu.
A 2014 study in “The Journal of Infectious Diseases” showed the flu vaccine reduced a child’s risk of being admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit by 74 percent during the flu seasons of 2010-2012. Dr. Germinario notes that studies have also shown that if people who receive the shot get the illness, it tends to be a much more mild case.
Receiving the vaccine benefits others, too, because it limits the spread of the illness.
“It causes a herd immunity, which is important,” says Dr. Germinario. “The more people who have immunity, the more protection there is against it.”