In order to boost immunity among kids during monsoon season, which is their most vulnerable period of the year, paediatricians have recommended flu shots for children to minimise influenza and other respiratory cases.
“There are multiple vaccines that can keep seasonal diseases such as flu, dengue, and pneumonia at bay during this period,” said Dr K Ramkrishna, consultant paediatric intensivist, Rainbow Hospitals, Banjara Hills.
Even as the wait for Covid vaccination for children continues, paediatricians suggest that although flu shots may not directly have any impact on Covid-19, it may help differentiate symptoms. “There are many parents who are now coming forward to administer flu shots to their children in the age group of two to eight years. Several Covid-19 and flu symptoms are much the same. Once flu shots are administered, one can rule out influenza and focus on other symptoms that may implicate Covid-19,” said Dr Altaf Naseem, senior consultant, Neo-Candy Children’s Hospital, Tolichowki.
Even Indian Academy of Paediatricians has recommended flu shots for all children as it will prevent onslaught of flu cases which could further increase load on infrastructure.